Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"Liebeslied-Lovesong"

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"Liebeslied-Lovesong"

Article excerpt

This beautiful poem by the mystical poet Rilke speaks of the closeness of two souls that respond together "like a bow's stroke,/ That from two strings draws one voice" and wonder "across what instrument are we stretched?/ And what musician holds us in his hand?" In the opening lines the poet questions how he can keep his soul separate, sheltering it among other things "in some dark and silent place,/ That does not tremble where your depths resound." The last line accepts the connection-"Oh sweetest song."

The composer has chosen to set the poem as a duet for baritone and mezzo soprano, dividing the poem into three sections. The first six lines, me question, are set for the baritone; the mezzo responds, "Yet everything that touches us, me and you,/Takes us together like a bow's stroke." The two voices combine in unison for the next two lines, and in canon for the last-"Oh sweetest song."

A long piano prelude opens with the descending perfect fifths of the violin's open strings. This musical material is expanded and developed in the first section and reappears at the end of the song. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.