Day to day observations, whether delightful or truly objectionable
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Schubert - Der Lindenbaum
Franz Schubert/Friedrich Silcher - music William Muller - lyrics Die Meistersinger conducted by Klaus Breuninger
THE LINDEN TREE trans. Brian & Anna Cole
By the spring outside the city there stands a linden tree, and I dreamed in its shadow so many lovely dreams.
So many words of loving into its bark I'd score. In joyful mood or sadness I it drew me back the more.
Today I had to travel right past that tree by night, and even in the darkness I closed my eyes so tight.
Its twigs and branches rustled as if they called to me: Come here to me, young fellow, you will find peace, you'll see!
The ice-cold winds were blowing into my freezing face, my hat flew off my head, but I did not lose a pace.
Now I am many hours' ride distant from that spot, and still I hear the rustling: Here peace would be your lot!
Walter A. Aue - notes:
The Linden Tree, with Franz Schubert's melody from Die Winterreise (Winter Journey), is one of the few examples where a great classical composer - two other ones that come to mind are Mozart and Brahms - wrote a song that, perhaps in slightly simplified form, becomes a folk song (Volkslied). There is no greater honor in the German tradition.