No bloom for Chopin

May 19, 2011

Rather late in the day, I have caught up with Tim Birkhead's charming piece on bullfinches ("Tweet sensations", 21 April).

The German forestry workers of the 1800s would have been familiar (as are most Germans to this day) with Robert Schumann's setting of Heinrich Heine's Du bist wie eine Blume ("Thou art so like a flower" is a reasonable translation).

According to Richard Stokes' The Book of Lieder (2005), Heine's poem was also set by Lord Berners, Burgmuller, Ives, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Wolf - but never Chopin.

Pauline Newmark, Via email

Please login or register to read this article

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments