Du hast genug


Du hast genug - (2012)    

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

for baritone or tenor and piano


Ein trunkner Dichter leerte
sein Glaß auf jedem Zug;
ihn warnte sein Gefährte:
Hör' auf! du hast genug.
Bereit von Stuhl zu sinken,
sprach der: du bist nicht klug!
zuviel kann man wohl trinken,
doch nie trinkt man genug.

1 page, circa 45"

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing


The original title is  "Antwort eines trunknen Dichters."


A drunken poet emptied
His glass with hefty swig;
His companion warned him:
Hey! enough of that, you pig.
Almost toppling from his stool,
He said: That's incorrect!
Ah yes, one can drink too much,
But enough? That I expect.


rhymed paraphrase by the composer

Copyright 2012  ©   Gary Bachlund    All international rights reserved.



This bit of entertaining fluff is suitable for an encore, short or shorter.  A simple opening gambit is followed by drooping and rising parallel arpeggios, all minor triads. The bass line is a beat off-set as punctuation.



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 piano-vocal score.


Du hast genug

für Bariton


Du hast genug

für Tenor