Die große Sehnsucht

 

 

Die große Sehnsucht - (2010)    

Paul Scheerbart

for medium voice and piano


 

Wenn die große Sehnsucht wieder kommt,
Wird mein ganzes Wesen wieder weich.
Und ich möchte weinend niedersinken --
Und dann möcht ich wieder maßlos trinken.

[ 2 pages, circa 1' 15" ]


Paul Scheerbart

 

The great yearning

When the great yearning comes again,
My very being will again mellow.
And I will sink down into tears --
And then I will again drink excessively.

 

 

From his "Hangover Poetry," this strange little poem speaks of two minds as I read it. The notions of melancholy interspersed with longing might well be contrasted with that enforced gaiety which intoxication brings. For this, the setting is of two parts, each a repetition of the text. In the first 3/2 meter falling chromaticism accompanies a broken vocal line as the gestures invoke longing.

 

 

 

The longing is in part simply to drink, and so the 3/2 meter now serves as a "waltz time" as the chromaticism in the accompaniment drops away happily with a climbing gesture of gaiety which ends without ritard and without comment -- except drink.

 

 

 

The score for Die große Sehnsucht  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.

 

Die große Sehnsucht