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From Dichterliebe, Op.43, N.16
Voice / Vocal Fach Soprano / Mezzo / Alto/ Baritone / Bass
Original key B minor
Language German
Composer Robert Schumann 1810 – 1856
Poet Heinrich Heine 1797 – 1856
Range Die alten, bösen Lieder

Die alten, bösen Lieder, a setting by Heinrich Heine, was composed by Robert Schumann in 1840. It is the sixteenth and final song of Dichterliebe.

He chose to set 16 poems by Heinrich Heine, a poet Clara and Robert had both briefly met. They were all selected from Heine’s Lyrisches Intermezzo book. Schumann wrote this song cycle while still apart from Clara, her father doing everything in his power to separate them. The song cycle dedicated to Clara, expresses the joy for lovers of being together but also the pain of separation and grief.

Die alten, bösen Lieder is the sixteenth and final song of Dichterliebe. It follows, the tender melancholic Im wunderschönen Monat Mai, N.1, where the poet expresses his yearning for his beloved and Aus meinem Tränen spriessen, N.2, where he dreams of reciprocated love. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne, N. 3, is an exalted declaration of love while Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’, N. 4 expresses serene joy. In ich will meine Seele tauschen, N. 5, he remembers the wonders of one of her kisses and then compares her to the Rhein embracing the cathedral of Köln in Im Rhein, im heiligen Trome, N.6. Ich grolle nicht, N.7, is a turning point in the cycle where the poet discovers he is not loved anymore, therefore goes seeking for confort (Und wüssten’s die Blumen, die kleinen, N.8). In Das ist die Flöten und Geigen, N. 10, his beloved marries someone else and he expresses his immense sadness in Hör ich das Liedchen klingen, N.10, then more incidently in Das Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen, N.11. Flowers advise the poet to let go of any kind of resentment (Am leuchtenden Morgen, N.12), but even in his dreams, he is tormented by betrayal for his beloved (Ich hab’ im Traum geweinet, N.13, Allnächtlich im Traume, N.14 and Aus alten Märchen winkt es).

Die alten, bösen Lieder ends the song cycle on the agony of the poet’s heart, the last throbbing’s of his soul. In this final piece, they are many references to the earlier anguishes expressed in the previous songs (for example the Cathedral of Köln in the sixth song). At first, the vocal line is accompanied by hefty cords at the piano, creating a heavy, stormy atmosphere. As we head towards the grave (Grab bar 42) the storm turns to darkness as the piano’s left hand descends to the lower register of the instrument. As the voice ends its soft desperate lament, dying away breath after breath, the piano is left to conclude with an expressive postlude.

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