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Husarenabzug (1850) Op. 125 no.5

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Fünf heitere Gesänge (Op. 125)


Aus dem dunklen Tor
Wallt kein Zug von Mücklein;
Horch! daraus empor
Schallt Trompeterstücklein.
Platz für die schönen Husaren!
Milchmädchen bei Seite!
Drückt euch ans Brückengeländer!
Es ziehn in die Weite
Lustige Knaben.
Freunde! wie das Hengstlein
Den frohen Lauf tanzt,
Wie sein dickes Wänstlein
Der Hauptmann aufpflanzt.
Seien wir munter und denken wir nicht
An den weissen Stein,
Der ihr Füsselein trug,
Wenn am Brunnen die Liebste
Stand bei der Freundin.
Hei! vielleicht ein Windstoss
Am Brunnen wirbelt,
Dass, der sonst gelind floss,
Stäubt und verzwirbelt,
Tröste dich, Herzallerliebste!
Die pausigen Backen
Wird dein Husärlein
Dem Gotte der Winde zerhacken!

The hussars depart

Those are not midges
Swarming out of the dark gate;
Hark! Snatches of bugle-tunes
Soar into the air.
Make way for the handsome hussars!
Milkmaids, stand aside!
Back against the bridge’s balustrade!
Brave lads
Are marching to distant lands.
Friends, see how the stallion
Happily paws the ground,
How the captain hoists up
His fat belly!
Let’s be merry and not think
Of the white stone,
Where her little foot rested,
When the beloved stood
With her friend by the well.
Hey! Suppose a gust of wind
Blew by the fountain,
Turning its usual smooth flow
To a flurry of spray.
Take comfort, my dear!
Your hussar will slash
That wind-god’s
Chubby cheeks!
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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Karl August Candidus was a 19th century German poet and librettist.

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