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Johannis war gekommen (1851) Op.112

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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt I (Op. 112)

Johannis war gekommen

Johannis war gekommen,
Der Erde Hochzeitstag,
Wo sie als Braut am Herzen
Des lieben Frühlings lag.
Die stille Nacht umschleiert
Den Schlummer der Natur.
Das blasse Licht des Mondes
Durchwandelt Hain und Flur.
Die kleinen Blättchen schwirren
Kaum hörbar in dem Baum,
Um Schilf und Wasserblumen
Schwebt Schlaf und Abendtraum.
Was ist auf jener Wiese
Für zauberischer Sang,
Und unterm Frühlingsgrase
Für wunderlicher Klang?

St John’s Day had come

St John’s day had come,
The wedding day of the world,
When she the world lies like a bride
On the bosom of beloved spring.
The quiet night veils
The slumber of nature.
The pale light of the moon
Wanders through the grove and fields.
The little leaves are whirring
Almost inaudibly in the tree.
Around the reeds and waterlilies
Waft sleep and evening dreams.
What magical singing
Sounds on yonder meadow?
And under the spring grasses
What fantastical sounds?
Translations by Sharon Krebs first published in 2009 at, and reprinted by Carus-Verlag

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Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.

Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as KinderszenenAlbum für die JugendBlumenstück, the Sonatas and Albumblätter are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.

In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favor of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.

Schumann suffered from a lifelong mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to amental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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