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Die Meerfee (1850) Op. 125 no.3

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Fünf heitere Gesänge (Op. 125)

Die Meerfee

Helle Silberglöckchen klingen
Aus der Luft vom Meer;
Leise Mädchenstimmen singen
Fröhlich rings umher;
Und auf leichtem Perlenwagen
Fährt die Fee vorbei,
Von der lauen Luft getragen,
Wallt die Melodei.
Lichte Funken rings umglühten
Sie im heitern Spiel,
Düfte, wie von Rosenblüten,
Wehn vom Mast zum Kiel;
Und der Knabe sieht es träumend
An des Schiffes Bord,
Doch die Wellen tragen schäumend
Die Erscheinung fort.

The sea fairy

The bright sound of silver bells
Comes ringing through the air from the sea;
Girls’ voices
Sing softly around.
In her frail coach of pearl
The fairy rides by,
As the melody rises and falls,
Borne along by the sea breeze.
Bright sparks burn around her
In a gay dance;
A fragrance like roses
Is wafted down from mast to keel.
The boy on board sees it
All as if in a dream;
But then the foaming waves
Carry the apparition away.
Translation by Eric Sams

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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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Julius Buddeus was a German book- and art- dealer and poet.

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