Recorded on 11/05/2010, uploaded on 11/05/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Likely inspired by the events of his own courtship of Clara
Wieck, Schumann's song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben (A Women's Love and
Life) was composed in 1840, known as his "Year of Song" and the year of his
marriage to Clara. Based on the poem cycle by the German poet Adelbert von
Chamisso written in 1830, it tells the story of a woman's love for her man from
their first meeting to beyond his death. Schumann selected eight poems from
Chamisso's cycle to set to music.
As with many of Schumann's Lieder, the piano plays a crucial
role in portraying the mood of the poem. As a result, the piano accompaniment
possesses a strong independence from the voice, yet simultaneously creates a
more unified, artistic whole by subtly enhancing the mood of the lyric and, in
some cases, even giving expression to that which is not easily brought about in
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