Die Stadt - (2009)
for medium voice and piano
Am grauen Strand, am grauen Meer
und seitab liegt die Stadt;
drückt die Dächer schwer
und durch die Stille braust das Meer
um die Stadt.
Es rauscht kein Wald, es schlägt im Mai
die Wandergans mit hartem Schrei
nur fliegt in
am Strande weht das Gras.
Doch hängt mein
ganzes Herz an dir,
du graue Stadt am Meer;
der Jugend Zauber für und
ruht lächelnd doch auf dir, auf dir,
du graue Stadt am Meer.
[ 3 pages, circa 3' 10" ]
At the grey shore by the grey sea
and apart, lies the city;
down hard on the roofs
and through the quiet the sea booms
about the city.
No wood murmurs; in May, no bird
only the migrating geese with harsh cries
fly by in the
and by the shore the grass ripples.
Yet my heart
clings to you,
you grey city by the sea;
forever and forever the magic
will rest smilingly upon you; upon you,
you grey city by the
Translation from German to English copyright © by Emily Ezust
Much of Storm's work is tinged with looking backwards in time, to youth
flown and to that which never could be or would never again be. The text is
filled with references to sounds -- of the sea, the geese, breeze through
the grass. Even so, the sense of color is uniform and gray, such that the
city's memories must also carry this coloration, yielding a different sound.
Melancholy, perhaps? Sorrow? Lost chances? This "magic of youth" might lie
over the image, but the image is more than gray by nature and surroundings.
For this there is a uniformity of sorts in the accompaniment, as the three
verses, though treated differently, reference the same tonal region with
some but little alteration. A sharp moving to A natural in the opening
gestures embodies this sense of the "gray."
The score for Die Stadt 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.