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Liebhabers Ständchen (1840) Op. 34 no.2

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Vier Duette (Op. 34)

Liebhabers Ständchen

Er Wachst du noch, Liebchen? Gruss und Kuss!
Dein Liebster naht im Regenguss.
Ihm lähmet Liebe Hand und Fuss;
Er möchte so gern zu seinem Schatz.
Sie Wenn’s draussen noch so stürmisch ist,
Ich kenne junger Burschen List.
Geh hin, woher du kommen bist,
Ich lasse dich nicht ein.
Er O lass mich ein die eine Nacht,
Die eine, die eine Nacht,
Die Liebe ist’s, die glücklich macht
(Steh auf und lass mich ein!)
Horch, wie die Wetterfahnen wehn!
Sieh, wie die Sternleine untergehn!
Lass mich nicht hier im Regen stehn.
Mach auf dein Kämmerlein.
Sie Der Sturm nicht, der in Nächten droht,
Bringt irrem Wandrer grössre Not,
Als einem Mädchen jung und rot
Der Männer süsse Schmeichelei’n.
Er Wehrest du, Liebchen, mir solche Huld,
So tötet mich die Ungeduld,
Und meines frühen Todes Schuld
Trifft dich allein, ja dich allein.
Sie Nein, nein, nein, nein,
Ich lass dich nicht ein.
Das Vöglein auch, das singt und fliegt,
Von Vogelstellers List besiegt,
Zuletzt in böse Schlingen fällt, ruft:
O traue nicht dem Schein!
Er O lass mich ein die eine Nacht …
Sie Nein, nein, nein, ich öffne nicht …

Lover's serenade

He Are you still awake, my love? Kisses and
Your lover draws near in the pouring rain.
Love has bound him hand and foot,
He longs to be with his sweetheart.
She However stormy it is outside,
I know how cunning young men are.
Go back, go back to where you came,
I shall not let you in.
He O let me in for just one night,
Just this single night,
It is love that brings happiness
(Get up and let me in!)
Listen to the weather-vanes!
Look how the stars are vanishing!
Don’t let me stand here in the rain,
Let me into your little room.
She Storms that threaten in the night
Cause wanderers who have lost their way
Less danger than the sweet flattery of men
Causes a young and ruddy girl.
He If you don’t grant me such a favour, my love,
Impatience will be the end of me,
And you alone, yes, you alone
Will be the cause of my early death.
She No, no, no, no,
I shall not let you in
The little bird that sings and flies,
When he falls prey to the fowler’s wiles,
And is finally trapped in his evil snares, cries:
Appearances are deceptive!
He O let me in for just one night …
She No, no, no, I shall not open up …
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 Burns , also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".

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