The early composition drafts for No.5 “Schöne Wiege Meiner Leiden”, no.6 “Warte, warte, wilder Schiffsmann”, no.7 “Berg und Burgen schau’n herunter” and no.9, “Mit Myrthen und Rosen”, the vocal line and the words for the four songs throughout, lacking the last eight bars of the vocal line of the final song, diverging frequently from the final version, with a few sketches for the piano accompaniments on separate systems, notated in brown ink on up to twelve staves per page, with many deletions, revised passages, corrections and alterations throughout, and with a presentation inscription signed by Clara Schumannon the left margin of the first page (“Handschrift Robert Schumanns an Frau Dr Spiess von Clara Schumann, Frkf. a/M Dec: 1882”)
4 pages, oblong 4to, 12-stave paper, uncut, no place or date, [Leipzig, February 1840]
The manuscript is remarkable for its evidence that Schumann’s immediate concern was in setting the poetry and not in devising a piano accompaniment. Schumann’s songs are usually noted for the importance of the piano part; indeed his vocal lines have often been criticized for following the top line of the piano part too closely. Here however, the vocal lines for the four songs are notated almost complete, albeit later revised throughout. Moreover, Schumann has almost always written out the words along with the first draft of the vocal line; only in a few revised passages, and at the end of the last song, is the voice notated without the words. Of the piano accompaniments, however, we have here only a recognizable draft of that for “Burg und Burgen” and sketches, later rejected, for ‘Schöne Wieg” and for “Warte, warte, wilder Schiffsman”. There is no accompaniment sketch present for the final song, ‘Mit Myrthen und Rosen”, which lacks the ending of the vocal line. The sketch of these missing eight bars seems to have been continued on a leaf now at the Berlin Staatsbibliothek, Mus. ms. Autogr. Schumann 36 no.4 (see Linda Correll Roesner, ‘Studies in Schumann Manuscripts’, unpublished PhD dissertation, New York University, 1973, p.424).
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