Dichterliebe. Robert Schumann Dichterliebe Song Cycle By Schumann Written in 1840 16 poems of Heines Lyrisches Intermezzo The Cycle Follows the Protagonist from Infatuation, to Heartbreak, and Finally Resignation. Robert Schumann Biography Born in 1810 Son of a Bookseller-Would become heavily Influenced by literature. Schumanns Primary Instrument was Piano.
Dichterliebe sets wonderful poems by Heinrich Heine. It's a true cycle - one speaker, one situation (the familiar one of the poet getting dumped by his beloved). Schumann emphasized the work's unity by taking pains with the harmonic transitions from one song to the next. It's a view of Heine the Romantic, rather than the proto-Modern poet.