i. Ein Zungenzerfitzler (Brigitte Peter) [ 2 pages, circa 40" ]
Sieben Schnitzer, die auf siebzehn Schnitzsitzen sitzen
und mit spitzen Schnitzern Ritzen in ihr Schnitzholz schlitzen,
wobei sie schwitzen,
sind siebzehn schwitzende......
ii. sonnett (Gerhard Rühm) [ 2 pages, circa 1' 25" ]
erste strophe erste zeile
erste strophe zweite zeile
erste strophe dritte zeile
erste strophe vierte zeile
zweite strophe erste zeile
zweite strophe zweite zeile
zweite strophe dritte ......
iii. Professoren-Liedchen (Martin Walser) [ 1 page, circa 40" ]
Büchlein, Büchlein an der Wand
wer ist der Klügste im ganzen Land?
Der Doktor Doll, der Daktor Dall
der Diktor Dill....
from Deutsche Unsinnpoesie, Universal Bibliothek Nr. 9890, Phillip Reclam jun. GmbH / Co., Stuttgart
[ 5 pages, circa 2' 45" ]
Written in 1991 in Köln, these short settings of "Nonsense Poetry" were composed during a concerts of Dvorak's Requiem at the Kölner Philharmonie. The tradition of humor through nonsense and word play has long interested me, and the welcome Reclam edition of German Nonsense Poetry has remained a treasure for me. For those interested in German nonsense poetry, I encourage them to obtain a copy of this small yet marvelous book from which I have drawn such moments of pleasure. The Reclam editions are found at most German bookstores.
i. A Tongue-Twister
Seven woodcutters, who sit at seven woodcutting seats
and split with sharp carving cuts their cutting wood,
sweating all the while,
are seventeen sweating, cutting,
sitting at their cutting seats, craft-filled cutters making
first strophe first line
first strophe second line
first strophe third line
first strophe fourth line
second strophe first line
second strophe second line
second strophe third line
second strophe fourth line
third strophe first line
third strophe second line
third strophe third line
fourth strophe first line
fourth strophe second line
fourth strophe third line
iii. Little Professorial Song
Little book, little book against the wall,
who is the cleverest in the whole land?
It's Doktor Doll, or Daktor Dall
or Diktor Dill, or Duktor Dull
who is the cleverest in the land.
Little book, little book,
you will pay me back for that!
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. Please note that these texts remain under copyright, and the scores are provided for non-commercial use only unless the right to use these texts is arranged with the publisher as noted above.