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Röslein! (1851) Op.112

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Der Rose Pilgerfahrt II (Op. 112)


Frauenchor (Engelstimmen):
Zu deinen Blumen nicht,
Zu uns, zu höh’rem Licht
Schwing’ dich empor,
Damit du schau’st
Von Himmelshöh’n,
Wie dein Knösplein zart
Blüht und gedeih’t, –
Daß einstens empfang’st du’s,
Wenn es die Rose
Unbefleckt dir zurückebringt!
Sei uns gegrüsst,
Liebliche Rose! –

Little rose!

Women’s Chorus (Angel Voices):
Little rose!
Not to your flowers,
But to us, to the higher light,
Rise up,
So that you may see
From Heaven’s heights,
How your delicate blossom
Blooms and flourishes, –
So that you once may receive it,
When your blossom brings back
To you the rose unsullied!
We greet you,
Lovely Rose! –
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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