Ein Singsang - (2019)    

Joachim Ringelnatz

for baritone and piano


Meine Lust ist das Flicken
Und meine das Sticken
Und meine das Singen
Und meine das Springen
Und meine das Schießen
Und meine das Gießen
Und meine das Jagen
Und meine das Tragen
Und meine das Hauen
Und meine das Bauen
Und meine das Zupfen
Und meine das Rupfen
Und meine das Reiben
Und meine -- solch Liedlein schreiben!

4 pages, circa 2' 00"


A witty ditty


My delight is weaving,
and mine is embroidering
and mine is singing
and mine is leaping
and mine is shooting
and mine is watering
and mine is hunting
and mine is carrying
and mine is hacking
and mine is planting
and mine is rooting
and mine is plucking
and mine is rubbing
and mine -- such a witty ditty to write!


rhymed paraphrase of the composer


Copyright © 2019  Gary Bachlund   All international rights reserved.




A simple setting of this "ditty," two lines as strophes in repetition with simple runs on a neutral vowel interleaved between. The fashion of alphabet and word picture books for children is followed in Ringelnatz' little spoof, as for each line a picture in provided. The spider weaves, and a seamstress embroiders. The bird sings, and the deer springs, and so forth.



For other settings of Ringelnatz' texts, click HERE.


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.


Ein Singsang