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Gesungen! (1850) Op. 96 no.4

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Lieder und Gesänge, iv (Op. 96)


Hört ihr im Laube des Regens starke Schläge?
Höret ihr brechen die Äst im Sturmgefege?
Hört ihr doch drinnen der Vöglein süsse Kehlen
Preisend der Liebe des Herrn sich anempfehlen!
Seht ihr im Lande der Zwietracht Fackel lodern?
Hört ihr den Frevel das Recht zum Kampfe fodern?
Drum mit des Herzens Gewalt friedvoller Lieder
Zaubert das wilde Geschrei des Wahnsinns nieder!


Do you hear the rain lashing the leaves?
Do you hear branches snap in the sweeping storm?
Hear too the sweet song of the birds,
Commending themselves to the love of God!
Do you see the torches of strife flare in the land?
Do you hear the righteous fighting evil?
Tame with the power of your heart’s peaceful songs
The savage cries of madness!
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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