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Liebesgarten (1840) Op. 34 no.1

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Vier Duette (Op. 34)


Die Liebe ist ein Rosenstrauch.
Wo blüht er?
Ei nun, in unserm Garten,
Darin wir zwei, mein Lieb und ich,
Getreulich seiner warten,
Wofür er uns aus Dankbarkeit
Alltäglich neue Blumen streut.
Und wenn im Himmel Rosen blühn,
Sie können doch nicht schöner blühn.
Die Liebe ist ein klarer Bach.
Wo zieht er?
Ei nun, in unserm Garten,
So viele Wellen, so viel Lust
Und Freuden aller Arten.
Auch spiegelt er die Welt umher,
Als ob sie noch viel schöner wär.
Drauf fahren wir so lustig hin,
Wie Vöglein durch den Himmel ziehn.
Die Liebe ist ein holder Stern.
Wo glüht er?
Ei nun, in unserm Garten.
Ach Liebchen sprich, was lässt du mich
Doch oft so lange warten?
Denn seh’ ich dich nicht alle Stund,
Des Sternes Glut mein Herz verbrennt;
Doch kommst du, steigt er mild herauf,
Als geht im Mai die Sonne auf.

Love's garden

Love is a rose-tree.
Where does it bloom?
In our garden, of course,
Where we two, my love and I,
Faithfully tend it,
In return for which, in gratitude,
It blooms afresh every day.
And if roses bloom in heaven,
They could not bloom with greater beauty.
Love is a small stream.
Where does it flow?
In our garden, of course,
With many waves and much joy
And pleasures of every kind.
It also reflects the surrounding world,
Making it more lovely by far.
We travel on that stream as happily
As little birds fly through the air.
Love is a bright star.
Where does it shine?
In our garden, of course.
Ah, tell me, my love, why do you often
Leave me waiting so long?
For if I do not see you every hour,
The star burns my heart away;
But when you come, it gently climbs the sky,
Like the sun in May.
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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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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