Anastasius Grün, eigentlich Anton Graf von Auersperg (1806-1876)

Stahlstich, um 1850, Copyright: StadtMuseum Bonn

In his Lectürebüchlein [“reading booklet”], Robert Schumann, whilst staying on a holiday on the island of Norderney in August 1846, noted he had read the collection of poems Schutt [“Debris”], published in 1836, by the Austrian poet Anastasius Grün who was deemed a revolutionary fighter of the Vormärz [eve of the 1848 German revolution].

Inspired by this collection, Schumann later mulled over the analogous title of Spreu [“Chaff”] to be used for a collection of piano pieces. In his Dichtergarten für Musik[“Poets’Garden for Music”], Schumann entered six long poems by Grün, including Der letzte Dichter [“The Last Poet”] and Das Musikantendorf [“The Musicians’ Village”]. Schumann set to music one poem by Anastasius Grün only: Großvater und Großmutter [“Grandfather and Grandmother”] in Duette [“Duets”] Op. 34/4

(Sigrid Lange, translated by Thomas Henninger)

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