Sonett der Welt - (2018)
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
for soprano and piano
Spiegelt uns die Allnatur,
Ewig gilt es unsrer Spur,
Alles wird zum Gleichnisbronnen:
Erstes Grün der frischen Flur,
Mahnst an Neigung, zart begonnen,
Heißes Sengen reifer Sonnen,
Bist der Liebe Abglanz nur!
Schlingt sich um den Baum die Winde,
Denken wir an uns aufs neue,
Sehnen uns nach einer Treue,
Die uns fest und zärtlich binde ...
Und wir fühlen uns verwandt,
Wie wir unser Bild erkannt.
pages, circa 4' 00"
suffering, our delights
Are reflected as is nature's pleasure,
Eternally she counts our measure,
Everything our human parable writes:
The first green on the fresh fields,
The urge of inclinations, tenderly begun,
The hot singe under each full sun,
Are but reflections of what love yields!
The winds embrace the tree,
As we ponder ourselves anew,
Yearning for what's humanly true,
Which bind us firm and tenderly ...
And for this we are bound,
Recognizing our image in what is found.
rhymed 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 the world -- our world as we see ourselves in it
and as we see it in ourselves. The chromatic succession of chords expressed
as arpeggios are stated over a lengthy pedal F sharp, in a slowly proceeding
harmonic rhythm. The final "reality" of the B minor cadence after four
minutes ends as the suspended upper neighbor falls into the minor chord.
Though the vocal range is not extreme, the tessitura lies high, explaining
my noting this as for soprano.
The score for
Sonett der Welt 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.
Sonett der Welt