Mein Leben - (2015)    

Theodor Fontane

for baritone and piano


Mein Leben, ein Leben ist es kaum,
Ich geh durch die Straßen als wie im Traum.
Wie Schatten huschen die Menschen hin,
Ich selber ein Schatten dazwischen bin.
Und im Herzen tiefe Müdigkeit,
Alles mahnt mich, es ist Zeit.

1 page, circa 1' 30"

Theodor Fontane


My life, a life such as it seems,
Wanders streets as if in dreams.
Like  shadows slipping here to there
I too am shadow, everywhere.
And in my heart in weary rime
All reminds me, it is time.


rhymed paraphrase by the composer



 The accompaniment is gentle, long dropping four-note structures appearing in succeeding octaves, as the voice recites in hushed terms.



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.


Mein Leben