Widmung


Composer: Schumann
Category: Classical

Widmung ("Devotion") is one of many lieder (German art songs) that Schumann wrote out of the fullness of his love for his beloved Clara. He had met her when she was a young teen, and the two nurtured a growing romance over the next several years despite the objections and outright bitter legal battles with her father. When they finally married in 1840 (once Clara was of legal age), Schumann composed a great deal of romantic lieder describing his feelings for his wife.

I have sung this lied myself, and it is a beautiful, passionate song. The lyrics are a true declaration of love for your partner, and would be a wonderful addition to a classical-music-themed wedding ceremony. While it is (naturally) a vocal piece, it can be performed as a piano solo (arranged by Schumann's friend and composer Franz Liszt), or even with the melody played by a violin and accompanied by piano.


Free sheet music (piano/vocal)

Sheet music (piano solo) - Schumann/Liszt version, hard copy


LYRICS

German

Du meine Seele, du mein Herz,
Du meine Wonn’, O du mein Schmerz,
Du meine Welt, in der ich lebe,
Mein Himmel du, darein ich schwebe,
O du mein Grab, in das hinab
Ich ewig meinen Kummer gab.

Du bist die Ruh, du bist der Frieden,
Du bist vom Himmel mir beschieden.
Daß du mich liebst, macht mich mir wert,
Dein Blick hat mich vor mir verklärt,
Du hebst mich liebend über mich,
Mein guter Geist, mein beßres Ich!

English translation

You my soul, you my heart,
you my bliss, o you my pain,
you the world in which I live;
you my heaven, in which I float,
o you my grave, into which
I eternally cast my grief.

You are rest, you are peace,
you are bestowed upon me from heaven.
That you love me makes me worthy of you;
your gaze transfigures me;
you raise me lovingly above myself,
my good spirit, my better self!



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