Our life is but a dream - (2013)
Bertram Kottmann - after a text by Johann Gottfried Herder
medium voice and piano
life is but a dream,
we live down here.
Like shadows on the swell
we're streaming and disappear.
And measure our laboured striding
by time and space,
not knowing that
we e'er abide in
Translation from German to English copyright
© 2007 by Bertram Kottmann, BKottmannt-online.de,
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page, circa 1' 30"
Bertram Kottmann sent me the image of a path extending out into the
distance, its end unseen. A fine metaphor for the text which is his
reinterpretation of Ein Traum ist unser Leben by Johann Gottfried
4-note chord alterations are a succession, as much as a progression in
Schoenberg's sense of the terms. A major seven yields to the diminished
minor seven in first inversion, spinning out from this into several tonal
regions related to the key. Phrase of two measures' duration gently underpin
the vocal line, meant to be rubato and not strict. A short sixteen
bars long, this miniature gazes out at eternity.
The score for
Our life is but a dream is available as a free PDF download, though any
major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without
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Our life is but a dream