for medium voice and piano
for James Earl Gromis, one year old, on the occasion of his father's
Singet leise, leise, leise,
Singt einflüsternd Wiegenlied,
Monde lernt die Weise,
Der so still am Himmel zieht.
Lied so süß gelinde,
Wie die Quellen auf den Kieseln,
Bienen um die Linde
Summen, murmeln, flüstern, rieseln.
[ 3 pages, circa 1' 30" ]
Sing so softly, softly, softly,
sing a whispered lullaby,
moon you'll learn the pathway,
that so still through heaven leads.
Sing a song so sweetly mild,
like the springs trickling out of
like the bees on the lime tree
buzz, murmur, whisper....
This song, intended for soprano or mezzo soprano and piano, will also
serve as a theme for a string trio. The accompaniment is a music-box
figure, and the melody is simple as should be a lullaby. A fantastical
retelling of the Lorelei myth by Brentano is also set to music, for
piano or orchestra. Titled by Brentano -
Lore Lay. On that page, a short biography of Brentano can be found.
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
Below is a snapshot of the young Mr. Gromis, for whom it is suggested
that one "sing so softly, softly, softly...." The universal notion of a
lullaby has its roots in all cultures and ages of man. One can easily
imagine that Clemens Brentano had a young child for whom he intended his
gentle poem, just as I had another young child in mind in composing the
setting to Brentano's words. For my own son, Jeffrey, the noted composer
and arranger Eugene Zador had composed a sweet
as well. Composing a lullaby for another child seems only apt,
James Earl Gromis