Gedichte - (2011)
for medium voice and piano
Die Musik verschlingt:
Werden wir uns erkennen?
Im Zimmer, wo Männer stehn?
Aus dem Meer steigt die Insel,
Ein Leben, das uns gegolten hat.
Vögel fliegen auf.
Die Öde der Täler, bedeckt von Schnee.
Sieh, ich wandle,
Ein Mensch der Liebe.
Ein Herz voll Hoffnung
Hat mich erreicht.
Wo bist du?
Ein Stern fällt.
Du bist da!
Wenn Du den Becher leerst,
Weiße Schwalben trinken:
Vergiß nicht die Träne,
Den Kuß, den Du träumtest,
Am Himmel der Toten.
Du bist geliebt!
pages, circa 5' 15" ]
Walter Hasenclever (1890-1940) was a German Expressionist writer, who first
studied law at Oxford, moved on to the University of Lausanne, then Leipzig.
His first collection, Städte, Nächte und Menschen, was published in
1910, and thereafter he worked in plays and even a time on contract for
Garbo screenplays for MGM. A contemporary of many European expressionist
artists, his works were banned when the National Socialists came to power in
1930, and he fled to France where he imprisoned twice as a "foreign enemy"
in France, and when the Nazis conquered the south of France, he took his own
life rather than fall into their hands.
text is taken from the 1920 Ernst Rowohlt anthology, Menschenheitsdämmerung,
in which he is in the good company of a number of seminal writers from the
we recognize ourselves?
room, where men are to be found?
the ocean rises an island,
life, that validates us.
Birds fly up.
Desolate valleys covered in snow.
being of love.
arisen in me.
Where are you?
When you empty the cup,
White swallows sip:
Forget not the tears,
kiss, that you dreamed,
lyricism of the opening spans long gestures as an introduction to the
shifting harmonies, from diatonic to whole tone and back again. As the
tonality settles, the D flat seems as if the "arrived at" tonic of the piece
but only temporarily.
repetition of the assertion, "Du bist geliebt," is followed by a reprise of
the opening stanza's lingering question as the final cadence arrives at the
A flat tonic heretofore evaded.
The score for
Gedichte 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.