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Sehnsucht (1827) WoO121 no.1

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Sterne der blauen
Himmlischen Auen,
Grüsst mir das Mädchen,
Das ich geliebt!
Weit in der Ferne
Möcht’ ich so gerne
Wo das geliebte
Mädchen mir weilt.
Schweigende Sterne,
Grüsst mir die Ferne,
Grüsst mir das Mädchen,
Das ich geliebt!
Sterne der blauen
Himmlischen Auen,
Treuliche Winde,
Küsst sie von mir!
Stumme Vertraute,
Küsst mir die Braut,
Bringt ihr auch Tränen,
Tränen von mir.
Ach! ich muss weinen
Tränen der Einen,
Tränen der Sehnsucht,
Teuere, dir!


O stars up on high
In the fields of heaven,
Greet for me the girl
That I have loved!
Far away I should
Love to journey
To where my dear
Girl dwells.
O silent stars,
Greet for me the distance,
Greet for me the girl
That I have loved!
O stars up on high
In the fields of heaven,
O faithful winds,
Kiss her for me!
O you silent accomplices,
Kiss for me the bride,
Bring tears too,
Tears from me.
Ah! I must weep tears
For my own darling,
Tears of longing,
Tears for you, my love!
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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