Lied des Harfenmädchens - (2011)
medium voice and piano
bin ich so schön,
morgen, ach, morgen
muß alles vergeh'n!
Nur diese Stunden
bist du noch mein;
sterben, ach, sterben
soll ich allein.
page, circa 1' 20" ]
Today, just for today
you see me fair this way,
tomorrow, o tomorrow
will all this pass away.
For only this brief hour
are we in passing ours;
we die, o yes we die
alone as death devours.
text is found in Storm's 1849 novella, Immensee (Bee's Lake)
in a scene at Christmas eve in a Ratskeller, as a Bohemian girl with a
zither is asked for a song. For a silver coin she sings this "in a deep,
passionate voice." For other settings of Storm's poetry,
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.
Lied des Harfenmädchens