Fortuna lächelt... - (2012)
for medium voice and piano
Fortuna lächelt, doch sie mag
nur ungern voll beglücken;
Schenkt sie uns einen Sommertag,
so schenkt sie uns auch Mücken.
2 pages, circa 1' 15"
Fortune smiles, but she also may
Delight us in her reluctant way .
She gives the gift of a summer's day,
With a swarm of mosquitoes and us as prey.
rhymed paraphrase by the composer
Copyright 2012 Gary Bachlund All international rights reserved.
The light-hearted observation that "fortune smiles" moves between two meters, the accompaniment chuckling alongside the singer. Ha! For other settings of Busch's 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.