The Art Song has been described as the marriage of
music and poetry, as the basic ingredient of the lied is the text. The poem
"Widmung" was written by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866). The title (dedication) was Schumann's invention for
the introductory lied of "Myrten", op. 25. Schumann presented it to his fiancée Clara for their
wedding, and the song describes the ups and downs of a relationship. Unlike
Franz Schubert, Schumann could frequently benefit of high-quality poems. His
father owned a publishing house, and Robert consequently had an
outstanding literary knowledge. He grew up with books and was able to look at
the world through the eyes of the poets. The music and words of
"Widmung" form an inspired symbiosis. This art song is one of the
most magnificent love songs in the German Lied literature. It could also be
exemplary for an explanation of the expression "Aufschwung"
(impetus), which is used over and over in Robert Schumann's compositions.
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