Zeitlos - (2017)    

Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz

for baritone voice and piano


Aus ihren Augen lacht die Freude,
Auf ihren Lippen blüht die Lust,
Und unterm Amazonenkleide
Hebt Mut und Stolz und Drang die Brust:

Doch unter Locken, welche fliegen
Um ihrer Schultern Elfenbein,
Verrät ein Seitenblick beim Siegen
Den schönen Wunsch, besiegt zu sein.

2 pages, circa 1' 20"



From out your eyes laughs joy,
And from your lips blooms delight,
Beneath your heroines' mien
Heaves valor, pride and might.

Beneath those locks, what flows
past shoulders ivory white,
Is a sidelong glance of triumph
And your best urge to win the fight. 


rhymed paraphrase by the composer



A rapturous mood inspired by the archetypal and therefore "ageless" image of the Amazon warrior, as the poet responds to that ancient myth embodied in sculpture is carried forth in a fast tempo, the harmonic changes in structured syncopation. 




The score for Zeitlos 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.