Kleines Wiegenlied - (2017)
for mezzo soprano and piano
Die Nacht schleicht durchs Ghetto
so schwarz und stumm.
Schlaf, Kind, vergiß alles ringsherum.
Schmieg fest dein Köpfchen in meinen Arm.
Bei Mutter ist es gut und warm.
Schlaf, über Nacht kann vieles geschehn.
Über Nacht kann aller Kummer vergehn...
Mein Kind, du sollst sehn:
einst, wenn du erwacht,
ist der Friede gekommen - über Nacht.
2 pages, circa 2' 00"
The text is from the collection, "In deinen Mauern wohnt das
Leid" -- inside these walls sorrow lives. Writer and songwriter, Weber
was confined to the Prague ghetto by the National Socialists, deported to
Theresienstadt, and murdered with her youngest son -- for that is the only
word for this -- in Auschwitz. For another of her texts,
Night slips through the ghetto streets
so black and silently.
Sleep, child, forget this world willingly.
Nestle you head within my arms.
Mother stands guard against all that harms.
Sleep, for overnight much will change.
Overnight, sorrows rearrange....
Child, this life is strange:
When once you awaken
peace will have us not forsaken.
rhymed paraphrase by the composer
Copyright © 2017 Gary Bachlund
All international rights reserved.
Long arches of four-note chords darken a setting as the vocal
line declaims its text, a lullaby darkened by the reality of too many
mothers and too may children dead by the murderous hands of the National
Socialists. From whence then comes peace? Certainly in part through
watchfulness against those dark nightmares of reality which would again
arise, if they could.
The score for
Kleines Wiegenlied 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.