During his years of study at Yale University under Horatio Parker, Ives became acquainted, like any aspiring young American composer of his generation, with the standard Austro–German repertoire, including the Lieder of such song-composers as Brahms, Cornelius, Schumann and Franz. Their example inspired him to a number of German-language songs of his own, which he thought well enough of to print as part of 114 Songs
. Of these songs, the beautiful Heine setting Ich grolle nicht
, on a poem that Schumann had set in Dichterliebe
, was composed by the end of March 1898.
from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005