An Gott - (2012)
mezzo soprano and piano
wehrst den guten und den bösen Sternen nicht;
All ihre Launen strömen.
In meiner Stirne schmerzt die Furche,
Die tiefe Krone mit dem düsteren Licht.
Und meine Welt ist still-
Du wehrtest meiner Laune nicht.
Gott, wo bist du?
Ich möchte nah an deinem Herzen lauschen,
Mit deiner fernsten Nähe mich vertauschen,
Wenn goldverklärt in deinem Reich
Aus tausendseligem Licht
Alle die guten und bösen Brunnen rauschen.
pages, circa 3' 00"
uphold not the good alone nor the ill-starred;
All shine by your will.
My brow's furrows ache,
From this heavy crown of gloom-dark light.
And my world is still --
You do not uphold this, my mood.
God, where are you?
I would listen near to your heart,
And exchange distance for presence,
Where golden transfiguration in your kingdom
Lit by thousands of sacred lights
Roars in the fountains of both good and evil.
paraphrase by the composer
text was first published in Meine Wunder, Verlag der Weißen Bücher
Leipzig (1914). For other song settings of Lasker-Schüler's texts,
same theological conundrum of good and evil as ever and always is here
expressed by the poet as she addresses God. A set of gestures moves as a
succession more than progression, ion Schoenberg's distinction between these
terms. From the statement declaring essentially the oneness of God in which
all things are -- including instances of "bösen Sternen" in her metaphor
-- a second slightly agitato tempo change pushes forward the question
and her overtly stated wish for nearness, which we may see also as deeper
understanding. The musical gesture which sets "Gott, wo bist du?" is echoed
wordlessly in the accompaniment at its place in the text setting, and again
at the final cadence.
The score for
An Gott is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial
performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement
with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.