I have again composed so much that sometimes it seems to me altogether uncanny. Oh, I cannot help it, I would like to sing myself to death like a nightingale. 138 of his roughly 250 songs were written in the lieder year 1840. This was the year when the long years of quarrelling about his marriage to Clara Wieck finally came to a happy end by court order. But even the following years turned out to be productive with regards to the composition of lieder. The current edition contains the lieder that form part of Schumann's 'late work' or were published rather late. It is based on the recently published Vol. VI/6 (RSA 1043-10) of the Robert Schumann Complete Edition.