Dichterliebe, Op. 48
(Leipzig: C.F. Peters, [1844?])
Although Schumann composed a great number of songs in 1840, they were not published all at once. Rather, they appeared gradually over a period of several years; Dichterliebe was published in 1844, with a dedication to the distinguished soprano Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient (1804–1860). Our copy comes from the library of Lowell Mason (1792–1872), the influential American music educator and editor who composed “Nearer My God to the Thee.” During his trips to Germany, Mason amassed an extraordinary music collection. By donating it to Yale after his death, Mason’s family inaugurated the university’s tradition of special collections in music.
Schumann’s “Ich grolle nicht,” one of the best known songs in Dichterliebe, inspired a very different setting of the same poem by Charles Ives, seen elsewhere in this exhibit.