Abendgefühl - (2015)    

Friedrich Hebbel

for soprano or mezzo soprano and piano


Friedlich bekämpfen
     Nacht sich und Tag.
Wie das zu dämpfen,
     Wie das zu lösen vermag!

Der mich bedrückte,
     Schläfst du schon, Schmerz?
Was mich beglückte
     Sage, was war's doch, mein Herz?

Freude wie Kummer,
     Fühl' ich, zerrann,
Aber den Schlummer
     Führten sie leise heran.

Und im Entschweben,
     Immer empor,
Kommt mir das Leben
     Ganz, wie ein Schlummerlied vor.

2 pages, circa 2' 00"

Friedrich Hebbel


Peacefully does night
struggle with the day:
how to muffle it,
how to dissolve it.

That which depressed me,
are you already asleep, o Pain?
That which made me happy,
say, what was it, my heart?

Joy, like anguish,
I feel has melted away,
but they have gently
invoked slumber instead.

And as I float away,
ever skyward,
it occurs to me that life
is just like a lullaby.

Translation copyright © by Emily Ezust,
from the LiederNet Archive -- http://www.lieder.net



 The setting places the four strophes into two verses, the accompaniment to the second an octave lower than the first and with a simple final cadence. A gently rhapsodic rubato and, for the accompanist, col canto are recommended.



The score for Abendgefühl 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.