Robert Schumann's "Frauenliebe und Leben" cycle is often criticized for the retrograde image of women given by Adelbert von Chamissos in his poems: it is superficially a case of the cult of a heroic man by a woman subjected to self-denial. But Schumann composes something else: the deeply sad story of the futility of "eternal" love. Already in the first song, death resounds in the craze, in the nostalgia of the fear of loss. The vanitas motifs of the cycle are reminiscent of John Dowland's melancholic songs. That's how we wove Schumann's songs with early music into a musical triptych about love, birth and death. This program was created in 2018 in collaboration with the Heidelberger Früling Festival.