Eduard Mörike (1804-1875)

Eduard Mörike (1804-1875) (StadtMuseum Bonn)
Eduard Mörike (1804-1875) (StadtMuseum Bonn)

In Robert Schumann’s copies of poems meant for future settings, the Swabian poet Eduard Mörike is entered several times. Schumann’s Lectürebüchlein [“reading booklet”] also documents that he had been dealing with Mörike in 1846 and 1847. From his diaries of the same years, it appears that Schumann had read Märchen vom sichern Mann [“Tale of the Sure Man”] and the epic poem Idyllen vom Bodensee oder Fischer Martin und die Glockendiebe [“Idylls from Lake Constance or Fisherman Martin and the Bell Thieves”]. In his Projectenbuch [“project book”], Schumann even considered the last one for use as a “komischen Opernsujet” [“comic subject of an opera”]. In 1846, he set to music some poems by Mörike in different works: Vier Gesänge [“Four Partsongs”] Op. 59/3, Romanzen und Balladen [“Romances and Ballads”] Op. 64/1-2, Romanzen [“Romances”] Op. 91/4, Romanzen und Balladen für Chor [“Romances and Ballads for Chorus”] Op. 67/2, Lieder für die Jugend [“Songs for the Young”] Op. 79/24, Sechs Gesänge [“Six Partsongs”] Op. 107/3, and Fünf heitere Gesänge [“Five Blithe Partsongs”] Op. 125/3.

The novella Mozart auf der Reise nach Prag [“Mozart on the Way to Prague”] by Mörike, published by Cotta in 1856, was offered to Schumann with a dedication whilst he was at Endenich, by Gisela von Arnim, Bettina von Arnim’s daughter.

(Sigrid Lange, translated by Thomas Henninger)

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