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Schön Blümelein (1840) Op. 43 no.3

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Drei Duette (Op. 43)

Schön Blümelein

Ich bin hinausgegangen
Des Morgens in der Früh,
Die Blümlein thäten prangen,
Ich sah so schön sie nie.
Wagt ein’s davon zu pflücken,
Weil mir’s so wohl gefiel.
Doch als ich mich wollt’ bücken,
Sah ich ein lieblich Spiel.
Die Schmetterling’ und Bienen,
Die Käfer hell und blank,
Die mußten all ihm dienen
Bei fröhlichem Morgensang,
Und scherzten viel und küssten
Das Blümlein auf den Mund,
Und triebens nach Gelüsten
Wohl eine ganze Stund’.
Und wie sie so erzeiget
Ihr Spiel die Kreuz und Quer,
Hat’s Blümlein sich geneiget
Mit Freuden hin und her;
Da hab’ ich’s nicht gebrochen,
Es wär ja morgen todt,
Und habe nur gesprochen:
Ade du Blümlein roth!
Und Schmetterling’ und Bienen,
Die Käfer hell und blank,
Die sangen mit frohen Mienen
Mir einen schönen Dank.

Fair little flowers

I went out
Early in the morning,
The little flowers shone,
I never saw them so fair.
I dared to pick one,
Because I liked it so much.
But as I bent down,
I saw a delightful scene.
The butterflies and bees,
The beetles bright and shiny,
All had to wait on the flower,
Amid happy morning songs,
And with much banter they kissed
The little flower on the mouth,
And made merry
For a full hour.
And as they played
Their games round about,
The little flower moved its head
Joyfully to and fro;
And I did not pick it,
It would have died the next day,
And I merely said:
Farewell, little red flower!
And the butterflies and bees,
The beetles bright and shiny,
With contented faces
Sang me all their thanks.
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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