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Zwischen grünen Bäumen (1851) Op.112


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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt II (Op. 112)


Zwischen grünen Bäumen

Frauenchor:
Zwischen grünen Bäumen
Schaut des Müllers Haus,
Wie der Sitz des Friedens,
Auf das Tal heraus.
Waldbachs wilde Woge
Treibt das rasche Rad.
Das, wie Liebessehnen,
Niemals Ruhe hat.
In dem Gärtchen neben
Schmückt die Frühlingslust
Sich mit frischen Blumen
Locken, Haar und Brust.
Grüne Efeuranke
Hat die Gartenwand
Mit dem Blätternetze
Zierlich überspannt.

Between green trees

Women’s Chorus:
Between green trees
The miller’s house,
As if it were the domicile of peace,
Gazes out at the valley.
The wild wave of the forest stream
Drives the rapid wheel,
Which, like the longing of love,
Never ceases.
In the adjacent little garden
The joy of springtime
With fresh flowers is adorning
Its curls, hair and breast.
The green tendrils of ivy
Have delicately spanned
The garden wall
With a net of leaves.
Translations by Sharon Krebs first published in 2009 at lieder.net, and reprinted by Carus-Verlag

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Composer

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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