Das Gebet - (2016)
for soprano or mezzo soprano and piano
Die Rehlein beten
Die Rehlein beten zur Nacht,
Sie falten die kleinen Zehlein,
pages, circa 2' 00"
deer pray their evening prayer,
Nine draws nigh!
Then it's quite
Dear deer pray their evening prayer,
They fold together their tender toes,
Those little does.
rhymed paraphrase of the composer
Copyright © 2016 Gary Bachlund
as well as the play on words populate this rhyme. For this, leaps of the
octave, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth are sung in the vocal line in
direct illustration of the text. The two chords, I7 and IV7 alternate, with
the A flat as fulcrum being explained as among the twelfths generated for
the leaping bass line as at measures 16-17, and the gentle swaying of the
accompaniment ends this short setting. Portamenti for the singer are
The score for
Das Gebet 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.