Im Mai - (2016)   

Matthias Claudius

for tenor and piano


 Tausend Blumen um mich her,
Wie sie lachend stehn!
Adam hat nicht lachender
Sie am Phrat gesehn.
Hier, die schöne grüne Flur,
Hier, der Wald, und der Waldgesang!
O Natur, Natur,
Habe Dank!

3 pages, circa 1' 30"

Matthias Claudius


 In May


Myriad flowers surround me,
Cheerfully they stand!
Adam was not more greatly
Bemused in Euphrates' land.
Here, these beauteous fields of green,
Here, forests stream with song-rich banks!
O Nature in its mien,
My thanks!


rhymed paraphrase of the composer




 The simple setting mover briskly along, a raised fourth coloring the repeated chords surrounding the tonic pedal. The vocal part should by as lyric as possible, light rubato a piacere. For other settings of Claudius' texts, click here.



The score for Im Mai 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.


Im Mai