Sonett der Seele - (2018)
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
for soprano and piano
Wogt in uns vereint, verklärt:
Feuer loht und Rebe gärt
Und sie locken uns zum Bösen.
Eignen uns und wir verwesen
Einer Welt ererbten Wert.
Wenn wir unsrer Seele lauschen,
Hören wirs wie Eisen klirren,
Rätselhafte Quellen rauschen,
Stille Vögelflüge schwirren ...
Und wir fühlen uns verwandt
pages, circa 4' 00"
Sonnet of the soul
The life force of thousands
Arises united in us, transfigured:
Fires rage, and the fruited vines ferment,
Enticing us towards temptations.
Brutish forces, battle-hardened,
Human masteries, exquisite,
They are ours, as we administer
A world of inherited value.
When we listen to our soul,
We hear it ring like iron,
Enigmatic sources rushing,
Silent bird flights are buzzing ...
And we feel entwined with
Undiscovered worldly powers.
unrhymed paraphrase of the composer
Copyright © 2018 Gary Bachlund
late Romanticism of the arts was marked by certain excess, as words, sounds
and stories after the Enlightenment pulled in a less reasoned, more
feeling-filled direction. This sonnet speaks to all stories as of us, from
the anthropomorphic to the ideation of mixed imagery prior to the later
games of surrealism, expressionism and nihilism which follow in quick
sonnet purports of speak of man's soul. Atavistic and shared, the very human
challenges of balancing good against evil are twisted together into a rising
force. For this, the setting in 7/8 throughout is of alternating 3's and 4's
in groupings, a recommended rubato to allow for the widely spaced
chords which occur in the left hand especially. The eight note ticking off
this held-back temp and blurred harmonies of the accompaniment in general
should create a darkened mood, with the final play off proceeding as the
voice becomes mute.
The score for
Sonett der Seele 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.