These verses by the romantic poet Friedrick Hölderlin, seem to have been written for Robert Schumann, the most romantic of the romantics. His personality, his inspiration and his destiny make of him the ultimate romantic figure. He came progressively into a world of suffering and illumination. In 1840, the prospect of marriage to Clara Wieck inspired a new creative phase. He composed some 138 lieder, after which his output tailed off somewhat. It is in 1849 that he embarked on a second creative wave with more sombre lieder, which had a more studied melodic line and a more evocative piano accompaniment. His love story with Clara Wieck, excellent pianist and composer, was one of the most beautiful “fairy stories” of the 19th Century.
Recital of Lieder by Robert Schumann
Performance at the Place de Neuve.