Ein Ticktackliedchen

 

 

Ein Ticktackliedchen - (2012)    

Else Lasker-Schüler

for mezzo soprano and piano


 

Mein Hämmerchen, mein Kämmerchen
        Pamm pamm, pumm pumm
        pamm pamm, pumm pumm

Mein Schläferchen, mein Käferchen
        Pamm pamm, pumm pumm
        pamm pamm, pumm pumm

Mein Uhrchen tick, mein Türchen tack
        tick tack, tick tack
        knackknack, ticktack.

2 Pages, circa 1' 40"


Paul Lasker-Schüler

 

My wee surprise, my little room

Bim bam, bim bam

Bim bam bim bam

 

My sleepy one, my tiny bug

Bim bam, bim bam

Bim bam bim bam

 

My moment ticks, my pathway tocks

tick tock, tick clock

knock knock, tick tock

 

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The little sweet nonsense is titled "Ein Ticktackliedchen für Päulchen," and found first in Die gesammelten Gedichte, Leipzig: Verlag der Weißen Bücher, 1917. Else Lasker-Schüler's son Paul (1899-1927) died young, devastating her. His name is often mentioned in her work, and this is perhaps among the earliest, a song for an infant, the "little Paul" of the original title. The setting takes the three verses, and expands into a two part form by repeating the nonsense syllables for the last long vocal line, over a lightly polytonal accompaniment.

 

 

The score 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.

 

Ein Ticktackliedchen