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Bald hat das neue Töchterlein (1851) Op.112

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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt II (Op. 112)

Bald hat das neue Töchterlein

Bald hat das neue Töchterlein
Der Eltern ganzes Herz,
Und um die Heimgegangne bleibt
Nur noch der Wehmut Schmerz.
Im ganzen Dörfchen, weit und breit,
Ist Kein’s, das sie nicht liebt,
Im ganzen Dörfchen, weit und breit,
Nicht Ein’s, das sie betrübt.
„Schön Röschen“,
Seufzt wohl manches Herz
„Du süsse Augenlust,
Ach dürft’ ich ruhen wonniglich
An deiner blüh’nden Brust!“

Soon the new daughter

Soon the new daughter has
Captured her parents’ hearts completely,
And for the departed daughter remains
Only the pain of melancholy.
In the whole village, near and far,
There is no one who does not love her,
In the whole village, near and far,
There is not one person whom she aggrieves.
“Beautiful rose”,
Sighs many a heart,
“You sweet delight of my eyes,
Ah might I rest blissfully
Upon your flowering bosom!”
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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