Denkst du - (2012)
baritone or tenor and piano
Denkst du dieses alte Spiel
Immer wieder aufzuführen?
Willst du denn mein Mitgefühl
Stets durch Tränen ausprobieren?
Oder möchtest du vielleicht
Mir des Tanzes Lust versalzen?
Früher hast du's oft erreicht;
Heute werd ich weiter walzen.
pages, circa 2' 00"
you think this dreary game
Will go always on and on?
Would you like to see my empathy
As earnest tears, not con?
Or perhaps you'd truly like to see
My dance to joy turned salty?
Previously you'd urged for that;
That proves your thinking's faulty.
rhymed paraphrase by the composer
Copyright 2012 © Gary
Bachlund All international rights reserved.
text is taken from Busch's Kritik des Herzens. For other settings of
The rollicking waltz sets an aggressive tone to capture the editorial point
Busch makes. The question from each strophe are separated into simple
phrases and repeated: Denkst du? Willst du? One may assume an answer is
expected to be returned, "no." How many people in this world think the "old
game" can always go "on and on." For this, the cycle of history is replete
with examples in which growth is followed by collapse, and collapse is
followed by renewal, as man fails to learn the lessons of "this dreary game"
which repeats itself in huge, worldwide events as in the small games of
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.
Denkst du - baritone
Denkst du - tenor