Kühle - (2010)
for mezzo soprano or soprano and piano
In den weissen Blüten
Der hellen Rosen
Mr ich verfluten.
Doch auf den Teichen
Warten die starren, seelenlosen Wasserrosen,
Meiner Sehnsucht Kühle zu reichen.
[ 1 page, circa 1' 20" ]
Into the white petals
Of bright blossoms
Would I be submerged.
There on the pond
Wait the stiff, soul-less water lilies
To caress my longing with their chill.
The text can be found in Die Gasammelten Gedichte, Leipzig, Verlag
der Weißen Bücher, 1917, and many subsequent editions. As with much poetry,
the multivalent meanings make many the possibilities for understanding. A
watercolor-like wash of gently shifting "flat key" tonalities colors the
setting as sequences of harmonic successions support a vocal part of one
octave in range. The blurring of the piano's sostenuto pedal further
washes the colors together, something akin to a impressionist's painting of
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