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Nur ein lächelnder Blick (1840) Op. 27 no.5


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Lieder und Gesänge, i (Op. 27)


Nur ein lächelnder Blick

Nur ein lächelnder Blick
Von deinem strahlenden Auge,
Und vom freudigen Licht
Fühl’ ich mich innerst erhellt.
So erheitert am neblichten Tag
Ein freundlicher Strahl uns,
Wenn den düsteren Flor
Plötzlich die Sonne durchbricht.
Nur ein lächelnder Blick
Von deinem strahlenden Auge,
Und vom freudigen Licht
Fühl’ ich mich innerst erhellt.
Nur ein liebliches Wort
Aus deinem rosigen Munde,
Und mein ganzes Sein
Fühl’ ich belebend erquickt.
So durchduftet wie stark
Ein Tröpfchen Öl, von der Rose
Würz’ger Blume gepreßt,
Locken und Brust und Gewand.
Nur ein liebliches Wort
Aus deinem rosigen Munde,
Und mein ganzes Sein
Fühl’ ich belebend erquickt.

Only a smiling glance

Only a smiling glance
From your radiant eyes,
And from its joyous light
I feel my soul illumined.
So on a misty day we are cheered
By a friendly ray,
When through the dark gauze
The sun breaks suddenly through.
Only a smiling glance
From your radiant eyes,
And from its joyous light
I feel my soul illumined.
Only a loving word
From your rosy mouth,
And my entire being
I feel is enlivened and refreshed.
So, strongly filled with perfume,
Like a drop of oil pressed from a rose’s
Roots and flower,
Are your locks, bosom, and clothing.
Only a loving word
from your rosy mouth,
and my entire being
I feel is enlivened and refreshed.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

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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Poet

Wilhelm Zimmermann was born in Germany in 1807. He became a historian and a member of the Heidelberg School of historians. From 1847 to 1850, Zimmermann taught history at the Oberrealschule in Stuttgart, Germany. He was a democrat in philosophy and belief. Accordingly, he took part in the revolutionary uprising in Germany in 1848 through 1849. In 1848, he was elected as a deputy to the Frankfurt National Assembly. At assembly, he caucused with the "Left wing" deputies. In 1850, Zimmermann was dismissed from his position as a teacher at the Oberrealschule because of his participation in the revolution of 1848-1849 and because of his caucusing with the Left wing in the Frankfurt Assembly. Zimmermann died in 1878.


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