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Ei Mühle, liebe Mühle (1851) Op.112


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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt II (Op. 112)


Ei Mühle, liebe Mühle

Frauenchor:
Ei Mühle, liebe Mühle,
Wie schau’st so schmuck du heut’!
Du trägst geziert mit Blumen
Ein sonntägliches Kleid.
Du hast selbst deine Giebel
Mit Kränzen reich geschmückt,
So froh hast du noch nimmer
In’s Tal hineingeblickt.
Ei Waldbach, wie manierlich
Trollst du am Haus vorbei!
Du fleissig Rad der Mühle,
Bist du heut’ arbeitsfrei,
Ei Knappen, liebe Knappen,
Wie seht so schmuck ihr heut’,
Ihr tragt, verziert mit Bändern,
Das schönste Sonntagskleid.
Ihr habt die neuen Hüte
Mit Blumen reich geschmückt
Und sie kokett manierlich
Schräg auf den Kopf gedruckt.
Ei Knappen – Warum feiern,
Am Wochentage heut’,
Das fleiss’ge Rad der Mühle,
Und ihr, die fleiss’gen Leut?

Ah mill, dear mill

Women’s chorus:
Ah mill, dear mill,
How festive you look today!
Bedecked with flowers, you look like you’re
Wearing your Sunday best.
Even your dormers you have
Richly adorned with wreaths.
Thus joyfully you have never
Looked into the valley
Ah forest stream, how decorously
You saunter past the house!
You diligent millwheel,
Today you are having a holiday,
Ah squires, dear squires,
How festive you look today!
You’re wearing, decorated with ribbons,
Your Sunday best.
You have richly decorated
Your new hats with flowers
And coquettishly pressed them properly
Slantwise upon your heads.
Ah, squires – why are resting
Today on a weekday
The diligent millwheel
And you, the diligent people?
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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