Herbst

Poet/Lyricist: 

Ranier Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

Lyrical setting of Ranier Maria Rilke's exquisite poem on loneliness and of hope. The music, introspective and melancholy at first,"falls" gently into the gracious hands of "the One" who holds us all. A tender alto solo opens and closes the piece.

Level: 

Mod-Advanced
Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-001 SATB, alto solo, piano 4:00 $2.50 https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/VMP001Herbst_0.mp3
JS-001D
PDF download
SATB, alto solo, piano 4:00 $1.50
JS-001.1D
PDF download
optional bassoon parts
SATB, alto solo, piano 4:00 $3.00

Publisher: 

Joan Szymko
Text

Herbst

Herbst

Die Blätter fallen,fallen wie von weit,

als welkten in den Himmeln ferne Gärten;
sie fallen mit verneinender Gebärde.

Und in den Nächten fällt die schwere
Erde aus allen Sternen in die Einsamkeit.

Wir alle fallen. Diese Hand da fällt.
Und sieh dir andre an: es ist in allen.

Und doch ist Einer, welcher dieses Fallen

unendlich sanft in seinen Händen hält

Translation: 

Autumn

The leaves are falling,falling as if from far up,

as if orchards were dying in high space.

Each leaf falls as if it were saying “no.”
And tonight the heavy earth is falling

away from all the other stars in the loneliness.
We’re all falling. This hand here is falling.

And look at the other one... It’s in them all.
And yet there is Someone,whose hands

infinitely calm, hold up all this falling.

Reviews: 

“Herbst is quintessential Joan Szymko—a perfect marriage of text and music. Not only has she created an evocative and lyrical setting of Rilke's poem,she demonstrates a keen understanding of writing for the voice,one of the hallmarks of her music. There are few composers who so effectively capture the essence of the poetry they set with such consistent beauty.” - Dr. Mary Kay Geston