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Ins Haus des Totengräbers (1851) Op.112

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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt II (Op. 112)

Ins Haus des Totengräbers

Ins Haus des Totengräbers
Fallt durch die Fensterlein,
Umrankt vom Efeugitter
Der holde Morgenschein.
Es weckt mit leisem Grusse
Der Greis die Pilgerin.
Hab’ Dank für deine Güte,
Nun will ich weiter zieh’n,
Und woll’ die Hande legen
Aufs Haupt, mein Vater, mir,
Beglückt mit deinem Segen,
Nur so geh’ ich von dir.
O glücklich, dreimal glücklich ist,
Wer dich als seine Tochter küsst,
Hör’ meine Bitte: folge mir,
Ich gebe treue Eltern dir.
Die Rose sinkt an seine Brust,
Sie grüsst des Lebens erste Lust.

Into the house of the gravedigger

Into the house of the gravedigger
Through the window,
Twined about with a screen of ivy,
Falls the lovely morning light.
With a soft greeting, the old man
Awakens the pilgrim girl.
I thank you for your kindness,
Now I must wander onward,
And if you would lay your hands
Upon my head, my father,
Only gladdened by your blessing
Will I leave you.
Oh happy, thrice-happy is he
Who kisses you as his daughter.
Attend to my request: follow me,
I shall give you devoted parents.
The rose sinks upon his breast,
She greets the first joy of her life.
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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