Beschränkt - (2012)
medium voice and piano
dein Rößlein nur im Zügel,
Kommst ja doch nicht allzuweit.
Hinter jedem neuen Hügel
Dehnt sich die Unendlichkeit.
Nenne niemand dumm und säumig,
Der das Nächste recht bedenkt.
Ach, die Welt ist so geräumig,
Und der Kopf ist so beschränkt!
page, circa 1' 10"
your pony when you are vexed;
Behave with confraternity.
Just around the corner next
Stretches out your eternity.
Name no man dumb nor lazy,
That he become disquieted.
Ah, this world is wondrous, crazy,
While our thoughts are oh so limited.
rhymed paraphrase by the composer
old story of the gossip going to the rabbi to confess her sin came to mind.
The rabbi said to open a feather pillow on a windy day, and then try to
recapture each and every feather, for that would be easier than reclaiming
one's words. Busch tells us something quite the same, for if we were to rein
in our thoughts -- that metaphoric Rößlein -- we would often be
better off. So many examples of why this is so, my own errors included. The
light music hall style is of a simple two strophes, quickly ended with the
single point made without ado.
The score for
Beschränkt 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