Liedchen - (2009)
medium voice and piano
Das Gras verwelkt.
Die Milch entsteht.
Die Kuhmagd melkt.
Die Milch verdirbt.
Die Wahrheit schweigt.
Die Kuhmagd stirbt.
Ein Geiger geigt.
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The milkmaid milks.
Truth is mute.
The milkmaid dies.
A fiddler plays.
tiny poem portrays in Haiku-like brevity the trajectory of life, ending with
the image of the fiddler playing. With so many possible associations, it is
the tale of the milkmaid in specific, but life in general -- life which
shortens each day for having lived it. Therefore the structure of the
setting is a 4/4 measure as the punctuation for the first line, a 3/4
measure for the second (in the meter, not as evident) and a 2/4 measure as
punctuation for the third line, before ending the strophe. The second lowers
the accompaniment by an octave and the high Es (and C in the third phrase)
of the vocal line are displaced the octave lower excepting the final which
is displaced the octave higher, as the fiddler plays. While life ends, life
also goes on.
Copyright © 2009 Gary Bachlund
All international rights reserved.
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.