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Was klingen denn die Hörner (1851) Op.112

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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt II (Op. 112)

Was klingen denn die Hörner

Was klingen denn die Hörner
Im Morgendämmerschein,
Was bringen sie ein Ständchen
Vor ihrem Kämmerlein?
Hochzeit wird gefeiert!
Wörtlein, ach so süß,
Schlüsslein zu dem trauten
Hochzeit wird gefeiert!
Röslein, auf, erwach’!
Fei’re froh noch deinen
Letzten Mädchentag!
Die Kirchenglocken klingen,
Und vor des Heilands Bild
Hat sich aus ihrem Traume
Die Wahrheit schön enthüllt.
Den Bund der treuen Herzen
Hat Priestermund geweiht,
Den Schwur der treuen Liebe
Schrieb ein die Ewigkeit.

Why are the horns resounding

Why are the horns resounding
In the dim early light of morning?
Why are they performing a serenade
Before the door of her chamber?
Nuptials are being celebrated!
Word, ah so sweet!
It is the key to the snug
Paradise of marriage!
Nuptials are being celebrated!
Little Rose, get up, awaken,
Celebrate happily
The last day of your maidenhood!
The churchbells ring,
And before the Saviour’s image
From out of their dream
Reality has revealed itself beautifully.
Women’s Chorus:
The union of their faithful hearts
Has been sanctified by the priest,
Their vow of faithful love
Has been recorded by eternity.
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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