Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund



Fortuna lächelt... - (2012)    

Wilhelm Busch

for medium voice and piano


Fortuna lächelt, doch sie mag
nur ungern voll beglücken;
Schenkt sie uns einen Sommertag,
so schenkt sie uns auch Mücken.

2 pages, circa 1' 15"

Wilhelm Busch


Fortune smiles, but she also may
Delight us in her reluctant way .
She gives the gift of a summer's day,
With a swarm of mosquitoes and us as prey.


rhymed paraphrase by the composer

Copyright  2012 Gary Bachlund     All international rights reserved.



The light-hearted observation that "fortune smiles" moves between two meters, the accompaniment chuckling alongside the singer. Ha! For other settings of Busch's texts, click here.



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.


Fortuna lächelt...