The first visual movement of the Schumann + Wieck Symphony , Le Prélude, is linked with Schumann’s Opus 82, Waldszenen (Forest Scenes). The fourth piece, Haunted Place, is prefaced with a poem by Frederich Hebbel which gives spirit to the melody and to the entirety of Le Prélude :
Tall as they grow, the flowers here
Are pale, just like death;
Only one in the middle
Stands there in dark red.
It’s color does not come from the sun,
Whose glow never reached it,
It comes from the earth
Which drank human blood.
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