Skip to main content

Songs

Songs

So willst du des Armen (1861) Op.33


Part of a series or song cycle:

Die schöne Magelone (Op.33 )


So willst du des Armen

So willst du des Armen
Dich gnädig erbarmen?
So ist es kein Traum?
Wie rieseln die Quellen,
Wie tönen die Wellen,
Wie rauschet der Baum!
Tief lag ich in bangen
Gemäuern gefangen,
Nun grüßt mich das Licht;
Wie spielen die Strahlen!
Sie blenden und malen
Mein schüchtern Gesicht.
Und soll ich es glauben?
Wird keiner mir rauben
Den köstlichen Wahn?
Doch Träume entschweben,
Nur lieben heißt leben:
Willkommene Bahn!
Wie frei und wie heiter!
Nicht eile nun weiter,
Den Pilgerstab fort!
Du hast überwunden,
Du hast ihn gefunden,
Den seligsten Ort!

So you'll kindly pity a poor man

So you’ll kindly pity
A poor man?
Is it, then, no dream?
How the streams ripple,
How the waves resound,
How the tree rustles!
I lay imprisoned
Deep within fearful walls,
Now daylight greets me;
How the sunbeams flicker!
They dazzle and colour
My timid face.
And shall I believe it?
Will no one rob me
Of this precious illusion?
Yet dreams disappear,
Only loving is living:
A welcome path!
How free, how serene!
Hasten now, no further,
Discard your pilgrim’s staff!
You have conquered,
You have found
The most blissful place of all!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

Information from Wikipedia. Click here for the full article.


See Full Entry

Poet

Johann Ludwig Tieck (31 May 1773 – 28 April 1853) was a German poet, fiction writer, translator, and critic. He was one of the founding fathers of the Romantic movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 

You can read more about him here.


See Full Entry

Sorry, no further description available.

Previously performed at: