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So wenig Monden erst, daß ich dich fand (1849) Op. 81

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Genoveva (Op. 81)

So wenig Monden erst, daß ich dich fand

So wenig Monden erst, dass ich Dich fand, –
Und schon entreisst Dich mir ein streng Geschick.
Ob auch getrennt, uns eint ein heilig Band,
In fernste Ferne reicht der Liebe Blick.
Du bist ein deutsches Weib, so klage nicht –
Sollt’ ich ertragen unsers Glaubens Schmach?
Wärst du kein Held, Du wärest Siegfried nicht
Und keine Klagen sendet’ ich Dir nach.
Der Trübsal Nacht folgt einst ein Freudentag.
Wo Du auch weilst, Dir folgt die Liebe nach.
O herrlich Streiten, für die Christenheit,
Des Krieges Banner glorreich zu erheben!
Der Dich mir gab, er sehe mich bereit,
Auf sein Gebot mein Liebstes hinzugeben.
Du liebend Weib –
Geliebter Mann –
Beglückt’ wem solch’ ein Held / Weib gegeben!

I only found you a few months ago

I only found you a few months ago,
And now a stern decree takes you from me.
Though we are apart, a sacred bond unites us,
A loving gaze can reach into eternity.
You are a German woman, so do not weep –
Am I to suffer insults to our faith?
If you were not a hero, you would not be Siegfried,
And I would not lament for you.
A day of joy will follow darkest night.
Wherever you be, my love will follow you.
Ah, how splendid to fight for Christendom,
To raise the banner of war in glory!
Let him, who gave you to me, see me prepared
To give everything at his command.
Loving wife –
Beloved man –
What bliss to have such a hero/wife!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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