Du armer Vater Adam


Du armer Vater Adam - (2007)     

Matthias Claudius

for medium voice and piano


Es legte Adam sich im Paradiese schlafen;

Da ward aus ihm das Weib geschaffen.

Du armer Vater Adam, du!

Dein erster Schlaf war deine letzte Ruh.

[ 1 page, circa 55" ]

Matthias Claudius


In the perennial battle of the sexes, humor has been a relevant component. None more so than for poets and authors, and for this Claudius has painted a charmingly sweet sketch using the metaphor from the story of the first man in his Garden of Eden.



Written for medium tessitura, this setting is utterly simple. Essentially only the two chords of tonic with its major seventh and dominant in suspension, this short setting is but one long arch made of several smaller arch-like forms to underscore Claudius' humor.



The score for Du armer Vater Adam in the medium key 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.


Du armer Vater Adam