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Flutenreicher Ebro (1849) Op. 138 no.5

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Spanische Liebeslieder (Op. 138)

Flutenreicher Ebro

Flutenreicher Ebro,
Blühendes Ufer,
All’ ihr grünen Matten,
Schattten des Waldes,
Fraget die Geliebte,
Die unter euch ruhet,
Ob in ihrem Glücke
Sie meiner gedenket.
Und ihr tauigen Perlen,
Die ihr im Frührot
Den grünenden Rasen
Bunt mit Farben schmückt,
Fraget die Geliebte,
Wenn sie Kühlung atmet,
Ob in ihrem Glücke
Sie meiner gedenket.
Ihr laubigen Pappeln,
Schimmernde Pfade,
Wo leichten Fusses
Mein Mädchen wandelt,
Wenn sie euch begegnet,
Fragt sie, fragt sie,
Ob in ihrem Glücke
Sie meiner gedenket.
Ihr schwärmenden Vögel,
Die den Sonnenaufgang
Singend ihr begrüsset
Mit Flötenstimmen,
Fraget die Geliebte,
Dieses Ufers Blume,
Ob in ihrem Glücke
Sie meiner gedenket.

Surging River Ebro

Surging River Ebro,
Blossoming banks,
All you green pastures
And forest shadows—
Ask my beloved
Who dwells among you
If in her happiness
She thinks of me.
And you dewy pearls,
Who in the rosy dawn
Adorn the green grass
With many bright colours—
Ask my beloved,
When she breathes the cool air,
If in her happiness
She thinks of me.
You leafy poplars,
Shimmering paths,
Where with light tread
My girl roams—
When she meets you,
Ask her, ask her
If in her happiness
She thinks of me.
You swarming birds,
Who greet the sunrise
With flute-like
Ask my beloved,
The flower of this shore,
If in her happiness
She thinks of me.
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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Emanuel von Geibel , German poet and playwright.
He was born at Lübeck, the son of a pastor. He was originally intended for his father's profession and studied at Bonn and Berlin, but his real interests lay not in theology but in classical and romance philology. In 1838 he accepted a tutorship at Athens, where he remained until 1840. In the same year he published, in conjunction with his friend Ernst Curtius, a volume of translations from Greek. His first poems were published in a volume entitled Zeitstimmen in 1841. In 1842 he entered the service of Frederick William IV, the king of Prussia, with an annual stipend of 300 thalers; under whom he produced König Roderich (1843), a tragedy, König Sigurds Brautfahrt (1846), an epic, and Juniuslieder (1848), lyrics in a more spirited and manlier style than his early poems.

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