Music and Texts of Gary Bachlund


Theater - (2014)    


for medium voice and piano


Wir heben unsre Beine wie an Schnüren,
Und unsre Herzen sind Papiermaché.
Woran wir auch mit unsren Worten rühren:
Sei's Lust, sei's Weh:
Gott wird uns schon das richtige Wort soufflieren.
Paß nur auf deinen Stich –
Denn im Parkett, da sitzt der Teufel,
Und ohne Zweifel,
Er amüsiert sich königlich...

4 pages, circa 2' 15


 The text is found in the collection, Die Harfenjule, Berlin, 1927.



We whirl as if our legs are held by strings,
And as if our hearts are papier-mâché.
Whereby we sway to words' imaginings,
Portraying joy and woe this day:
God is the prompter from this scripted text.
Be cautious with jibe and slight --
For in the stalls is where the devil sits,
And doubtless by thespian hypocrites
He is regally amused this night....


rhymed paraphrase of the composer


A stylized waltz with polytonal colors accompanies the vocal line.



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.