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Requiem (1850) Op.90 no.7


Part of a series or song cycle:

Sechs Gedichte und Requiem (Op.90)


Requiem

Ruh von schmerzensreichen Mühen
Aus und heissem Liebesglühen;
Der nach seligem Verein
Trug Verlangen,
Ist gegangen
Zu des Heilands Wohnung ein.
Dem Gerechten leuchten helle
Sterne in des Grabes Zelle,
Ihm, der selbst als Stern der Nacht
Wird erscheinen,
Wenn er seinen
Herrn erschaut in Himmelspracht.
Seid Fürsprecher, heilge Seelen!
Heilger Geist, lass Trost nicht fehlen.
Hörst du? Jubelsang erklingt,
Feiertöne,
Darein die schöne
Engelsharfe singt.
Ruh von schmerzensreichen Mühen
Aus und heissem Liebesglühen;
Der nach seligem Verein
Trug Verlangen,
Ist gegangen
Zu des Heilands Wohnung ein.

Requiem

Rest from pain-wracked toil
And love's passionate ardour;
He who desired
Blessed reunion in Heaven
Has entered
The Saviour's dwelling.
For the righteous, bright stars
Shine within the tomb,
For him, who will himself
Appear as a night star,
When he beholds his Lord
In Heavenly glory.
Intercede for him, holy souls,
Holy spirit, let comfort be not lacking.
Do you hear? Songs of joy resound,
Solemn tones,
Among them the lovely song
Of the angels' harp:
Rest from pain-wracked toil
And love's passionate ardour;
He who desired
Blessed reunion in Heaven
Has entered
The Saviour's dwelling.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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

Lebrecht Blücher Dreves was a German poet and translator of poetry from Hamburg.


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