Du lieblicher Stern

 

 

Du lieblicher Stern - (2008)    

August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben

for medium voice and piano


 

Du lieblicher Stern,
Du leuchtest so fern,
Doch hab ich dich denoch
Von Herzen so gern.

Wie lieb ich doch dich
So herzinniglich!
Dein funkelndes Äuglein
Blickt immer auf mich.

So blick ich nach dir,
Sei's dort oder hier:
Dein freundliches Äuglein
Steht immer vor mir.

Wie nickst du mir zu
In fröhlicher Ruh!
O liebliches Sternlein,
O wär ich wie du!

[ 2 pages, circa 1' 45" ]


Hoffmann von Fallersleben

 

Other setting of texts by von Fallersleben as the three humorous songs, Mäuselein, Mauskätzchen und Spätzchen, and the three lullabies, Wiegenlieder,

 

You lovely star,
You shine from afar,
And so I hold you
Dearly in my heart.

How I do love you
So deep in my heart!
Your twinkling eyes
Look ever on me.

So I look to on you,
As you are there or here:
Your friendly eyes
Stand ever before me.

How you nod at me
In peaceful rest!
O lovely little star,
O were I like you!

 

 

The opening gesture in the vocal line suggests a three beat phrase periodicity over the underlying duple meter. The accompaniment rests in the middle and high range of the piano alone, delicato and serenely sweet.

 

 

The score for Du lieblicher Stern 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.

Du lieblicher Stern