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So sangen sie, da dammert's schon (1851) Op.112

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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt I (Op. 112)

So sangen sie, da dammert's schon

So sangen sie; da dämmert’s schon,
Ein Vogel singt im Morgenschlummer
Die Welt erwacht zu neuer Lust,
Zu neuem Schmerz, zu neuem Kummer.
Und wie ein Blitz verschwunden sind
Der Elfen luft’ge Scharen, –
Nur auf der Wies’ ein Silberstreif
Verrät noch,wo sie waren –
Auf schlägt das schöne Rosenkind,
Wie träumend noch, das Augenpaar.
Ein duftdurchfrischter Morgenwind
Wirft Apfelbluten ihr in’s Haar;
Ein Röslein, morgenangeglüht.
Am Busen,vielbedeutend, blüht.
Wo bin ich?
Ist’s Wahrheit, ist’s ein Traum –
Nein, nein, es ist kein Zauberbild;
Als Madchen wandelnd auf der Erden
Werd’ ich durch Liebe glücklich werden.
Sie steigt den Hügel still hinauf;
Da tut vor ihren Blicken
Das weite Tal sich prangend auf
Begrenzt von Waldestücken
Erreicht ist bald des ersten Hauses Tür
Sie tritt hinein und bittet freundlich hier
Um Obdach.

Thus they sang; then it was already dawn

Thus they sang; then it was already dawn,
A bird sings in the morning slumber,
The world awakens to new joy,
To new pain, to new sorrow.
And in a flash the fairies’ airy swarm
Has disappeared, –
Only a silvery stripe in the meadow
Betrays where they were.
The beautiful rose-child opens,
Her eyes, as if still dreaming.
A freshly fragrant morning wind
Scatters apple blossoms in her hair;
A little rose, glowing in the morning light,
Blooms full of meaning on her breast.
Where am I?
Is it real, is it a dream?
No, no, it is no magical image;
As a maiden walking upon the earth
I shall become happy through love.
She quietly climbs the hill,
There before her gaze
The wide valley presents itself resplendently,
Bordered by woodlands.
She soon reaches the door of the first house
She enters and graciously asks
For shelter.
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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