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Frühlingslied (1850) Op. 125 no.1


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Fünf heitere Gesänge (Op. 125)


Frühlingslied

Das Körnlein springt,
Der Vogel singt,
Der Frühling ist gekommen;
Es rinnt der Quell,
Der Bach fließt hell,
Das Fischlein kommt geschwommen.
Und überall
Ist froher Schall,
Es regt sich voller Freude,
Denn Wonn und Lust
Füllt jede Brust,
Das Gräslein auf der Heide.
Die Biene summt,
Die Hornis brummt,
Die Spinne drehet Netze;
Versteckt sie sitzt,
Ihr Auge blitzt,
Sie sinnt auf Raub und Hetze.
Und Mücklein fliegt,
Im Netze liegt
Es, eh es sich’s versehen;
Und denkt es noch:
„Wie kamm es doch?“
Ist’s schon um es geschehen.
Verborgen, Kind,
Viel Netze sind
Hier um, dort um gehangen;
Man schaut und schaut,
Und traut und traut,
Und liegt im Netz gefangen

Spring Song

The corn is shooting up,
The birds are singing,
The spring has come;
Fountains flow,
Streams sparkle,
The young fish swim up.
Everywhere
Are cries of rejoicing,
All is stirring with delight,
For rapture
Fills every heart,
Each blade of grass on the heath.
The bee hums,
The hornet drones,
The spider spins webs;
She sits concealed,
Her eyes flash,
She’s dreaming of catching her prey.
And gnats fly
Into the web,
Before they know it;
And when they think:
‘How could it have happened?’
They are already caught.
Many nets, child,
Lie concealed
All around;
You gaze and gaze
And trust and trust,
And captured, you lie in the net.
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

Ferdinand Braun was a 19th century poet and school teacher.


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