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Des Knaben Berglied (1849) Op. 79 no.8

Part of a series or song cycle:

Lieder-Album für die Jugend (Op. 79)

Des Knaben Berglied

Ich bin vom Berg der Hirtenknab,
Seh auf die Schlösser all herab.
Die Sonne strahlt am ersten hier,
Am längsten weilet sie bei mir,
Ich bin der Knab’ vom Berge!
Vom Berg der Hirtenknab!
Der Berg, der ist mein Eigentum,
Da ziehn die Stürme rings herum,
Und heulen sie von Nord und Süd,
So überschallt sie doch mein Lied.
Ich bin der Knab’ vom Berge!
Vom Berg der Hirtenknab!
Sind Blitz und Donner unter mir,
So steh’ ich hoch im Blauen hier;
Ich kenne sie und rufe zu:
Laßt meines Vaters Haus in Ruh!
Ich bin der Knab’ vom Berge!
Vom Berg der Hirtenknab!
Und wann die Sturmglock’ einst erschallt,
Manch Feuer auf den Bergen wallt,
Dann steig’ ich nieder, tret’ ins Glied
Und schwing’ mein Schwert und sing’ mein Lied:
Ich bin der Knab’ vom Berge!
Vom Berg der Hirtenknab!

Song of the mountain lad

I am the mountain shepherd lad,
I look down on all the castles.
This is where the sun shines first,
With me it lingers longest.
I am the lad from the mountain,
The shepherd of the hills!
The mountain belongs to me,
The storms rage right round it,
And though they howl from north and south,
My song is louder than theirs:
I am the lad from the mountain,
The shepherd of the hills!
Though thunder and lightning flash below me,
I stand up here in the blue sky;
I know them well and cry:
Leave my father’s house alone!
I am the lad from the mountain,
The shepherd of the hills!
And if the alarm should ever sound,
And fires should blaze on the mountain,
Then down I’ll come and join the ranks
And brandish my sword and sing my song:
I am the lad from the mountain,
The shepherd of the hills!
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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Johann Ludwig Uhland, was a German poet, philologist and literary historian.
He was born in Tübingen, Württemberg, and studied jurisprudence at the university there, but also took an interest in medieval literature, especially old German and French poetry. Having graduated as a doctor of laws in 1810, he went to Paris for eight months to continue his studies of poetry; and from 1812 to 1814 he worked as a lawyer in Stuttgart, in the bureau of the minister of justice.

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