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Liebesbotschaft (1840) Op. 36 no.6


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Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers (Op. 36)


Liebesbotschaft

Wolken, die ihr nach Osten eilt,
Wo die eine, die Meine weilt,
All meine Wünsche, mein Hoffen und Singen
Sollen auf eure Flügel sich schwingen,
Sollen euch, Flüchtige,
Zu ihr lenken,
Daß die Züchtige
Meiner in Treuen mag gedenken!
Singen noch Morgenträume sie ein,
Schwebet leise zum Garten hinein,
Senket als Tau euch in schattige Räume,
Streuet Perlen auf Blumen und Bäume,
Daß der Holdseligen,
Kommt sie gegangen,
All die fröhlichen Blüten
Sich öffnen mit lichterem Prangen!
Und am Abend in stiller Ruh’,
Breitet der sinkenden Sonne euch zu!
Mögt mit Purpur und Gold euch malen,
Mögt in dem Meere von Gluten und Strahlen
Leicht sich schwingende
Schifflein fahren,
Daß sie singende Engel
Glaubet auf euch zu gewahren.
Ja, wohl möchten es Engel sein,
Wär mein Herz gleich ihrem rein;
All meine Wünsche, mein Hoffen und Singen
Zieht ja dahin auf euren Schwingen,
Euch, ihr Flüchtigen,
Hinzulenken
Zu der Züchtigen,
Der ich einzig nur mag gedenken!

A message of love

You clouds that hasten eastwards
To where my loved one lives,
All my wishes, hopes and songs
Shall go flying on your wings,
Shall lead you,
Fleeting messengers, to her,
That the chaste child
Shall faithfully think of me!
If morning dreams still lull her asleep
Drift gently down into her garden,
Alight as dew in the shadows,
Strew pearls on flowers and trees,
So that if my sweetheart
Passes by,
She shall see all the joyous flowers
Bud in even brighter splendour!
And at evening, in calm and silence,
Sail away to the setting sun!
Paint yourselves in purple and gold,
Immersed in the sea of bright fire,
Lightly swinging
Like little ships,
That she might think
You are singing angels.
And well might my thoughts be angels,
If my heart were as pure as hers;
All my wishes, hopes and songs
Shall go flying on your wings,
Shall lead you,
Fleeting messengers, to her,
The chaste child,
I think of all the time!
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

Robert Reinick was a German painter and poet, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. One of his poems, Dem Vaterland, was set to music by Hugo Wolf.

Reinick was born in Danzig (Gdańsk) and died in Dresden.

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