Dichterliebe for Voice and Piano, Op. 48 by Robert Schumann. Edited by Kazuko Ozawa. For Piano, High Voice. Voice. Henle Music Folios. Pages: XIII and 59. Softcover. 72 pages. G. Henle #HN549. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480549).
(Dichterliebe) The ups and downs of disappointed love: who could fail to sympathize with the feelings that Schumann immortalized in his song cycle Dichterliebe after Heine? The pieces range from hopeful anticipation (Im wunderschonen Monat Mai) to solitary grief (Und wassten's die Blumen, die kleinen) and bitter sarcasm (Die alten bosen Lieder). Schumann knew what he was writing about: the cycle originated in the year of his marriage to Clara Wieck, an event that took place only after years of struggle. Originally the sixteen-piece cycle was meant to include twenty lieder. Our volume reproduces the four discarded numbers in an appendix.