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Mailied (1849) Op. 79 no.9


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Lieder-Album für die Jugend (Op. 79)


Mailied

Komm lieber Mai und mache
Die Bäume wieder grün
Und lasst uns an dem Bache
Die kleinen Veilchen blüh’n.
Wie möchten wir so gerne
Ein Blümchen wieder seh’n
Und in die frische Ferne,
Ins grüne Freie gehn!
Komm’ mach’ es bald gelinder,
Daß alles wieder blüht,
Dann wird das Flehn der Kinder
Ein lautes Jubellied.
O komm und bring vor allem
Uns viele Rosen mit,
Bring auch viel Nachtigallen
Und schöne Kuckucks mit.

May Song

Come, sweet May, and turn
The trees green again,
And make the little violets
Bloom for us by the brook!
How we should love to see
A little violet again,
And journey into fresh open spaces
And go into the green outdoors!
Come, make the weather milder soon
That all things may bloom again!
Then the children’s pleading
Will turn to loud rejoicing.
O come, and above all bring us
Many roses with you,
Bring many nightingales as well
And lovely cuckoos too.
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

Christian Adolph Overbeck was a German poet, and the Burgomaster of Lübeck.
Overbeck was the son of the lawyer (and consultant to Schonenfahrer Company) Georg Christian Overbeck (1713-1786) and his wife Eleonora Maria Jauch (1732-1797), and also grandson of the superintendent Caspar Nikolaus Overbeck (1670-1752). He was the nephew of the rector of the Katharineum, Johann Daniel Overbeck (1715-1802). Overbeck's son was the painter Friedrich Overbeck (1789-1869), and his grandson was the archeologist Johannes Adolph Overbeck (1826-1895). In 1781 Overbeck married Elisabeth Lang (1753–1820), whose family was originally from Nürtingen and shared ancestors with Friedrich Hölderlin and Ludwig Uhland.

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