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Tanzlied (1849) Op. 78 no.1

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Vier Duette (Op. 78)

This song was recorded on the album 'Robert and Clara Schumann: Rückert Lieder' on Stone Records (in collaboration with BBC Music Magazine). Featuring every piano-accompanied setting of the poet Friedrich Rückert by both Robert and Clara Schumann, including duets and ensembles, it was recorded in preparation for Oxford Lieder's The Schumann Project in 2016.

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Sie: Eia, wie flattert der Kranz,
Trauter, komm mit mir zum Tanz!
Wollen uns schwingen,
Rasch uns erspringen,
Mitten im wonnigen Glanz,
Trauter, komm mit mir zum Tanz!
Er: Wehe! wie pocht mir das Herz,
Sage, was soll mir der Scherz!
Lass dich umschliessen,
Lass mich zerfliessen,
Ruhend in seligem Schmerz;
Sage, was soll mir der Scherz!
Sie: Eia, der Walzer erklingt,
Pärchen an Pärchen sich schwingt,
Mädchen und Bübchen,
Schelmchen und Liebchen;
Frisch, wo’s am dichtesten springt,
Pärchen an Pärchen sich schwingt!
Er: Wehe, mir sinket der Arm,
Mitten im jauchzenden Schwarm,
Wie sie dich fassen,
Muss ich erblassen,
Möchte vergehen in Harm
Mitten im jauchzenden Schwarm.
Sie: Eia, wie flattert der Kranz,
Heute für alle im Tanz,
Flatterig heute,
Morgen gescheute,
Morgen, o Trauter, dein ganz,
Heute für alle im Tanz.

Dance song

She: Just look at the weaving throng;
Come, my love, and dance with me,
Let us twirl
And swiftly whirl
In the heart of such glittering bliss.
Come, my love, and dance with me!
He: Alas, how my heart is pounding,
Tell me, why do you jest with me?
Let me clasp you,
Let me melt,
In the calm of blissful pain;
Tell me, why do you jest with me?
She: Just listen to the waltz,
Couples whirl past each other,
Girl and boy,
Rogue and minx;
Quick, to the heart of the fray,
Couples whirl past each other!
He: Alas, my arms sink down
At the heart of such a rejoicing throng,
When the others clasp you,
I must pale,
Would like to die with grief
At the heart of such a rejoicing throng.
She: Just look at the weaving throng;
Today for all who dance,
Fickle today,
Tomorrow bashful,
Tomorrow, my love, I’ll be wholly yours,
Today for all who dance!
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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Friedrich Rückert was a German poet, translator, and professor of Oriental languages.

Rückert was born at Schweinfurt and was the eldest son of a lawyer. He was educated at the local Gymnasium and at the universities of Würzburg and Heidelberg. From 1816–1817, he worked on the editorial staff of the Morgenblatt at Stuttgart. Nearly the whole of the year 1818 he spent in Rome, and afterwards he lived for several years at Coburg (1820–1826). Rückert married Luise Wiethaus-Fischer there in 1821. He was appointed a professor of Oriental languages at the University of Erlangen in 1826, and, in 1841, he was called to a similar position in Berlin, where he was also made a privy councillor. In 1849 he resigned his professorship at Berlin, and went to live full-time in his Gut (estate) at Neuses (now a part of Coburg).

When Rückert began his literary career, Germany was engaged in her life-and-death struggle with Napoleon; and in his first volume, Deutsche Gedichte (German Poems), published in 1814 under the pseudonym Freimund Raimar, he gave, particularly in the powerful Geharnischte Sonette (Sonnets in Arms/Harsh Words), vigorous expression to the prevailing sentiment of his countrymen. During 1815 to 1818 appeared Napoleon, eine politische Komödie in drei Stücken (Napoleon, a Political Comedy in Three Parts) of which only two parts were published; and in 1817 Der Kranz der Zeit (The Wreath of Time).

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