Six Songs, op. 18, no. 3: Now Sorrow Has an Ending (Nun hat das Leid ein Ende)
Now I even have to. For your eye and hair. Live longingly. I vindens veving. Bare et smil var. Det du gav. En glans tent —. Alle dager. Leve i lengsel. It consists of twelve short verses of only four or five syllables each and can be divided into three parts. According to Morwitz , the first part vv. Enjambments connect the verses of each sentence.
As stated in the first sentence vv. The speaker's words are perceived as just a fantasy as they were probably soft and hesitantly spoken and could not be heard in the wind. The vowels of the first verse are very light.
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They get darker in the second verse, perhaps to show a hint of resignation or sadness at the realisation of a missed opportunity. The second sentence vv. The rhyme of the first and fifth verse could be seen as an embracing gesture that connects question and answer, speaker and addressee. The second part consists of the two central verses Reflecting on the past, he reaches a point of realisation, where the memory of what happened in the first part transforms into the image of a sudden glow that illuminates a rainy spring night.
The last part vv. While the innocent budding love of the past was fulfilment in itself, now, at a later stage, which is compared to May, love has become a never-ending longing to be close to the beloved. The eleventh verse implies that the speaker does not expect the other to return his feelings. Possibly, he might not even see the other again. An baches ranft Ein vogel pfeift. Ein leuchten streift. Und zuckt und bleicht. Das feld ist brach,. Der baum noch grau. Blumen streut vielleicht. Der lenz uns nach.
At the edge of the brook. The only early ones. The hazels bloom. A bird whistles. In cool meadow. A glow brushes. Warms us gently. And flickers and fades. The field is fallow,. The tree still grey. Spring strews perhaps. Flowers after us. Ved bekkens bredd. De eneste tidlige,. Haslene blomstrer. En fugl plystrer. Et lys streifer. Varmer oss mildt. Og flakker og blekner. Blomster etter oss.
Like the previous poem, the third Lied from Der siebente Ring expresses the emotions of a person symbolically through a spring landscape. However, as Morwitz argues, the described scene hints at an earlier time than May, which was mentioned in the second Lied. Morwitz infers that George deliberately avoided a chronological order of the poems. The third Lied consists of twelve mostly iambic verses. With few exceptions, each of them contains four syllables. The poem describes nature at the very beginning of spring.
It is so early that only hazels bloom next to a brook vv. According to Gomringer , the word indicates a ragged bank that is situated on the opposite side of the flat inner bank of a bending stream.
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The contrasting elements of the changing landscape are also conveyed through the vowel colours. The fourth and fifth verse address another sense. A bird can be heard in a cool meadow. Although this pleasant image is another sign of the approaching spring, it also illustrates that winter has not quite ended yet, as the bird only whistles but does not sing. Morwitz suggests it belongs to the family Charadriidae. It is noteworthy that only one bird is mentioned. As Gomringer points out, up to the fifth verse, eye, ear and skin perception have mostly registered sensations that suggest early days, loneliness and coldness.
This changes in the next sentence vv. Unlike the previous Lieder, this one seems to depict a relationship that, albeit being in its very early stages, might turn out not be one-sided. However, the gleam of the light does not last. The description of nature continues with harsh, negative images in the two following verses. The field is fallow and the tree leafless. The field is fallow, but that might also mean it will soon be ready for new seeds. The falling gesture, which continues into the last verse as a result of the enjambment, mirrors the image of strewing flowers.
This balance is mirrored in the symmetry of the poem. The metre is stable apart from the beginning v. The rhymes, on the other hand, intertwine without any symmetry, and yet they are completely balanced as six rhyming pairs are spread over twelve verses. They have just felt a little gleam of light, perhaps an idea of affection, but are unsure if anything will bloom out of it. Im morgen-taun Trittst du hervor. Den kirschenflor. Mit mir zu schaun,. Duft einzuziehn. Des rasenbeetes. Fern fliegt der staub. Durch die natur. Noch nichts gediehn.
Von frucht und laub —. In the morning dew. You step forth. To watch the cherry bloom. With me,. To draw in the scent. Of the grass bed. The dust flies afar. Throughout nature. Nothing yet thriving. Of fruit and foliage —. All around just blossom. From the south it blows. I morgenduggen. Trer du fram. Med meg,.
Fra gressbedet. Gjennom naturen. Rundt omkring bare blomster. The fourth Lied from Der siebente Ring describes a later time in spring than the two previous poems. Two lovers enjoy the cherry blossom and the smell of the grass together while the longed-for summer is still far away.
The twelve verses of the poem are written in iambic dimeter. The feminine endings of the sixth and twelfth verse divide the poem into two halves of equal length and metre. The rhyme scheme, on the other hand, indicates a division into three parts, as one quatrain of enclosed rhyme is followed by two quatrains with garbled rhymes. Both ways of dividing the poem formally are consistent with its content.
The first six verses describe how the other person comes to watch and enjoy the cherry blossom together with the speaker while the second half elaborates on the state of nature at that moment. However, a division into three parts is possible as well. The first quatrain introduces the situation. In the early morning, the other steps towards the speaker to look at the cherry blossom with him. The other steps forth as if he or she was hidden or standing somewhere behind the speaker. Now, the beloved actively seeks out a place next to the speaker. Since all verses end with stressed syllables the iambic flow throughout the quatrain is never disrupted.
It conveys the harmonic mood that characterises the relationship. The fifth and sixth verse, which continue the first sentence of the poem, address another sense by adding the smell of grass. Whereas the cherry tree symbolises love, eroticism and fertility, the meaning of the grass bed is less obvious. The seventh verse describes how dust or pollen flies everywhere. Although the eighth verse could continue the previous sentence, grammatically it belongs to the last part of the poem, which emphasises how far away summer is.
Apart from the cherry flowers, nothing has grown yet. Neither fruits nor leaves have fully developed. However, there is hope as a warm wind blows from the south v. Though George avoided a chronological order of the Lieder, this poem seems to be a continuation of the third Lied.
The relationship between the speaker and his beloved, which is again represented by seasons and nature, has grown. Although there are no fruits on the trees yet, spring has finally come, and the two people appear closer together than before. Kahl reckt der baum. Im winterdunst. Sein frierend leben, Lass deinen traum. Auf stiller reise. Vor ihm sich heben! Er dehnt die arme —.
Bedenk ihn oft. Mit dieser gunst Dass er im harme. Dass er im eise. Baldly the tree raises. In the winter mist. Its freezing life,. Let your dream. On silent journey. Rise in front of it! It stretches its arms —. Bestow on it often. This favour. So that in its grief. So that in the ice. It still hopes for spring! Treet strekker bart. I vinterdisen. Sitt frysende liv,. Reise seg foran det!
Vis det ofte. Denne gunsten. Slik at det i sorgen. Slik at det i isen. The fifth Lied from Der siebente Ring is set in winter. Like the previous poem, it consists of twelve verses in iambic dimeter. It describes a tree that raises its leafless branches and waits for spring. It can be divided into four parts of equal length. The winter mist takes away all light and warmth and causes it to feel cold.
As both tercets have a similar rhyme scheme and metre, they obviously belong together and even seem to be connected as cause and effect. The second half of the poem begins with another description of the tree, which rephrases the first verse in a way that attributes further human characteristics to it. This description is followed by the appeal to bestow the previously mentioned favour often on the tree. The dash at the end of the seventh verse seems to indicate another relationship of cause and effect.
Despite grieving and being covered in ice, the tree should be supported in its hope for spring. Both the tenth and eleventh verse convey the speaker's urgency again as they accumulate negative aspects of the tree's current situation that are further emphasised by the parallelism of the clauses, before resolving into the final verse. Like the other Lieder that describe different kinds of relationships between two people through images of nature and seasons, also this poem can be understood symbolically. In contrast to the previous poems, here, the speaker does not seem to be a part of the landscape he describes.
Despite addressing someone else, he never alludes to himself. For this reason, the tree becomes the protagonist of the poem. It might stand for a lonely and bitter person, perhaps someone with a recent unsuccessful relationship, who needs the support of another person to break the ice and overcome the bitterness. The upward movements throughout the poem convey a longing for companionship and better times.
Welt der gestalten lang lebewohl! Mitten beginnt beim marmornen male. Langsame quelle blumige spiele,. Korn um korn auf silberne schale. Ahnendes schweigen bannt die hier wohnen. Traumfittich rausche! Traumharfe kling! World of forms, farewell for a long time! Open up, forest full of snow-white trunks! Only up in the blue the crests bear.
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Foliage and fruits: gold carnelian. In the middle at the marble mark. A slow spring starts its flowery play,. It trickles gently from the hollow as if. Grain upon grain fell on a silver bowl. Shivery coolness closes a ring,. Twilight of the morning clouds in the crowns,.
Foreboding silence transfixes those who dwell here. Dream wing rustle! Dream harp sound! Skikkelsers verden lenge farvel! I midten ved merket av marmor begynner. En treg kilde blomstrende spill,. Renner sakte fra hvelvingen som om. Morgenens demring svever i kronene,. Anende taushet trollbinder de som bor her. The poem consists of twelve verses in three stanzas with enclosed rhymes.
Addressing various senses, the three stanzas describe different features of a rich and vivid landscape. The regular change of dactylic and trochaic metre gives the poem an incantatory tone. It starts with a farewell to an old world which the speaker leaves to enter the new world of dreams. The phrase could also refer to a world of poetic characters that might stand for a form of poetry which is just about artificial outer appearances. In the second verse, the speaker addresses the forest in front of him and asks it to open for him, conveying the impression that he has the knowledge or power to shape the landscape according to his will.
The image of the white tree trunks conveys two different aspects of the scene. On the other hand, the white trunks suggest a forest of birch trees, which symbolise life, spring or new beginnings. The two following verses enlarge upon the trees, which appear very impressive as they rise high into the air, where their crowns, stylised into comb shapes, carry leaves and fruits.
The fruits and leaves are compared to carnelian, a red or red-brownish, iron-rich mineral that is used to make gemstones. The image of the forest is very colourful as the scene includes white trunks, a blue sky and red-brown leaves and fruits that suggest the new world is not a world of spring but autumn. The second stanza depicts the play of water in a marble fountain. In the eighth verse, the otherwise regular rhythm is interrupted by a sudden trochaic beginning that illustrates the new image of the verse, which compares the water of the spring to grains falling one by one on a silver bowl.
It is easy to associate this description with the idea of an hourglass that shows the slow trickle of time. Throughout the second stanza, different materials with different textures are mentioned: cold marble, slowly flowing water and single grains in a metal bowl. The third stanza further describes yet another aspect of the scene. It is early in the morning.
The mood of the last stanza is magical and dreamlike and seems a little darker than previously. Those who live in the forest are spellbound v. There is no sound, just a foreboding silence, which makes it possible to hear the dream wing and the dream harp the speaker asks to sound at the end. His requests connect the last verse with the beginning of the poem and illustrate again that the landscape is shaped according to his wishes.
Mein heilig streben ist mich traurig machen. Damit ich wahrer deine trauer teile. Nie wird ein warmer anruf mich empfangen,. Muss ich erkennen mit ergebnem bangen. Das herbe schicksal winterlichen fundes. Faithfulness still compels me to watch over you. And the loveliness of your sufferance to linger,.
My sacred quest is to sadden myself. So that I more truly share your grief. Never will a warm call welcome me,. Until the late hours of our union. I have to recognize with devoted trepidation. The bitter fate of wintry discovery. Slik at jeg sannere deler din sorg. Den bitre skjebnen til vinterlig funn. Since he allowed the other to get closer to him, he feels obliged to remain faithful to her even though he realises that their relationship affects him negatively.
He hesitates to part with her, because he admires the beauty and greatness of her suffering. Although he addresses her directly, the poem appears to be contemplation and not an attempt at dialogue. Morwitz argues that the poet accounts for his behaviour to himself, possibly in his room in Bingen. He even wants to make her grief his to truly share it and by doing so surmount their differences and be closer to her.
In the first stanza, he only speaks in mono- and disyllabic words that convey the deep sorrow he feels. The second stanza describes the future as he perceives it.
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However, he realises he will never get a warm reception from her and has to accept the bitter fate of what he found in winter v. The image of the last verse creates a strong contrast to the warm call the speaker hopes for at the beginning of the stanza. Ja heil und dank dir die den segen brachte! Mit der erwartung deiner — Teure — sachte.
Du kamest und wir halten uns umschlungen,. Und ganz als glichest du der Einen Fernen. Dich loben auf den sonnen-wanderungen Hail and thanks to you who brought the blessing! You gently lulled the ever-loud throb. With the anticipation of you — dear one —. During these radiance-filled dying weeks. You came and we hold each other embraced,.
I will learn gentle words for you. And just as if you resembled the One Faraway. Praise you on the sun journeys. Du dysset den vedvarende sterke bankingen. Du kom og vi holder hverandre omfavnet,. Like the poem Webern set as Op. The enclosed rhyme in the second stanza is the only formal difference. In the first stanza, the speaker addresses and praises another person. At first glance, this strong heartbeat seems to convey his anxiousness about the oncoming winter or his longing for the addressee.
He might be afraid of being lonely, but the anticipation of her arrival dampens his fear. Now, it would suffice him, if another woman, who had previously shyly asked to be his companion, was once again drawn to him by the intensity of his longing. While he only felt a fleeting affection for her previously, he would now gladly accept her as his companion. Despite being divided only by a comma, the fifth and the three last verses form separate sentences that structure the second stanza similarly to the first.
The use of past, present and future tense in quick succession is noteworthy. The other came, they are embracing each other, and the speaker will learn soft words and praise the other. The capitalisation of these two words that refer to the beloved of his dreams emphasises how special and yet unreachable she is for the speaker. Nevertheless, the speaker anticipates her to be a pleasant companion on their walks in the sunlit autumn landscape v.
So ich traurig bin. Weiss ich nur ein ding:. Ich denke mich bei dir. Und singe dir ein lied. Fast vernehm ich dann. Deiner stimme klang,. Ferne singt sie nach. Und minder wird mein gram. If I am sad. I know only one thing:. I imagine myself with you. And sing you a song. I almost hear then. The sound of your voice,. Far away it reverberates. And my grief lessens. Om jeg er trist. Jeg tenker meg hos deg. Og synger deg en sang. Din stemmes klang,. Som et ekko i det fjerne. Og min sorg blir mindre.
The poem consists of two quatrains with verses of five to six syllables and describes how the speaker takes comfort from singing to his beloved, even if she is not with him. In light of the surrounding poems of the cycle, in which the speaker first desperately wants the other to acknowledge his feelings and then decides to leave her, the relationship is most likely one-sided. The short verses that are composed of only mono- and disyllabic words convey simplicity. In addition, enjambments connect two and two verses throughout the poem.
All verses end with stressed syllables, making it easy for the reader to imagine a singer accompanying himself and improvising each new line while alternating singing and accompaniment. Both stanzas start with trochees vv. The change of metre also conveys a change of emotion: The sadness and longing of the beginning are overcome by the act of singing and transform into hope and consolation. The poem seems stylistically ambivalent, at least to a modern reader. There are few embellishments. He is probably a minstrel, who knows the mannerisms of his trade, yet in this song, he just improvises for himself while he thinks about his beloved.
As listed by Martin , the poem was set to music by at least fifteen different composers. George argued that the reason for the similarity was that this was the melody of the poem itself. Ihr tratet zu dem herde. Wo alle glut verstarb,. Licht war nur an der erde.
Vom monde leichenfarb. Ihr tauchtet in die aschen. Die bleichen finger ein. Mit suchen tasten haschen —. Wird es noch einmal schein! Tretet weg vom herde,. You stepped to the hearth. Where all embers died,. Light was only on earth. Corpse-like colour from the moon. You plunged into the cinders. The pale fingers. With searching groping snatching —. Will it be light once more! See what with a gesture of comfort. The moon advises you:. Step away from the hearth,.
It has become late. Dere dyppet i askene. De bleke fingre. September ]. I am really angry at myself for having missed you, yesterday--perhaps, if it can be arranged, we might meet in the city, today--only write me when you actually want to leave, today--here the one symphony , my servant will also bring the other one to you towards eleven, half past eleven--The copyist is correcting the mistakes that I have noted in it--many thanks for your present Vien am 5ten April . Hochgeehrtester Herr!
Vienna, the 5th of April . Most honored Sir! Beethoven an Nikolaus Simrock in Bonn. Vien am 5ten May Mein lieber geehrter Freund! Beethoven to Nikolaus Simrock in Bonn. Vienne the 5th of May, My dear, esteemed friend! Nikolaus Simrock an Beethoven Auszug. Mai ].
Der Ueberbringer dieses wird Ihnen, lieber Herr v. Beethoven, 75 fl. Nikolaus Simrock to Beethoven Excerrpt. The bearer of this will give to you, dear Herr v. Sincerely I wish better times for you and us! Vien am 26ten Juli Farewell, I wish that, as much as our terrible times allow, you will remember your. Vienna the 26th of July, Mein hochgeehtester Herr,. Nb: vergessen sie nicht auf meine Bitte wegen dem Gelde An Breifkopf und Hertel in Leizpig.
My most honoured Sir,. To your letter of the 21st of August I replied that I am well satisfied if you will also pay me some items, although not many, in Viennese Couraant currency t ,--the three works have already been sent off, now I would certainly wish that you woulld send me the fee for these three works earlier than they will arrive in Leipzig, well, if you wanted to make it out here, right away, I would very much appreciate it--here, we are in money straights for we need twice as much as usual--damned war To Breifkopf and Hertel in Leizpig.
Oktober ]. Finally, I am writing to you--after the wild destruction some calm, after all unthinkable ordeals--I worked consecutively for some weeks, so that it appeared more for death than for immortality November ]. Wien am 2ten Jenner Vienna, the 2nd of January, Januar ]. Vien am 4ten Februar Ich hoffe Sie Werden den Wechsel Von fl.
Vienna the 4th of February, I hope that you have already received back the draft of fl. Christian Schreiber , to write a German text that was published, together with the Latin text, in the original publication of op. Sehr Werther Herr! Very Esteemed Sir! The Mass [to be] dedicated to Herr von Zmeskall  here, there still have to follow a few hungarianized additions that I can not think of, at the moment Leipzig, den Beethoven in Wien.
Jeden Posstag habe ich dagegen gehofft, das zu dem Oratorio u. Wie lange ist schon das Orator. Leipzig, the 11th of Novbr. Beethoven in Vienna. Every post day I have hoped, however, to receive that which is still missing with respect to the Oratorio and the Mass, as well as the Sonate charact. I admit that I am not very pleased to have to wait for these things for so long, since in this way, not alone this winter, but an entire year will be lost for these works, but that also the fulfillment of our agreement is being delayed.
How long have the Oratorio and the Mass been in my hands without being completed, so that I can not do anything with them. I beg you instantly to ensure that we are arriving at par and that your are relieved from the trouble of a prolonged correspondence and so that I am spared from waiting in vain. Vien am 16ten Jenner Hochgeehrter Herr!
Kyrie eleison. Vienna on the16th of January, Highly Honored Sir! Scream, swear about B. In God's name, publish the Mass as it is, without waiting for the organ part. On Sunday, the Catholic enters church in a festively-serene mood, the Kyrie Eleison is also the introduction to the entire Mass, and with such strong expressions in it , there would remain few strong expressions for occasions where they really have to be strong Christian Schreiber; details taken from p.
Februar ]. Wenn sie drauf bestehen, so will ich ihnen die Orgelstimme doch schicken -- gleich Antwort. If you insist, I will still send you the organ part--reply immediately. You write nothing as to whether the Mass and the Oratorio will be published in score, and when? Schreiber I would like to thank for his translation When will the Mass be published? Vien am 28ten Februar Vienna on the 28th of February, I will send you the mass, right away, do not dare to play the prank on me to generously present it to the public with major errors--since it is being published, late, the dedication is to be changed, namely to Prince Kynsky  you will receive further details with respect to the Titularium --It has to be thus Tepliz am 17ten Juli Tepliz the 17th of July Tepliz am 24ten Juli.
Tepliz the 24th of July,. I do not want to say a long time ago. Franzens Brunn bey Eger am 9ten aug. Franzens Brunn near Eger the 9th of Aug. To the conclusion of this correspondence can be added that also Thayer p. In fact, in certain songs, the piano actually adds a new and interesting element.
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The varied accompaniment to the last two strophes of No. The arpeggios and oscillating motion of No. Performances are therefore enhanced when the piano parts are included. This recording, despite a moment of questionable declamation at the beginning of No. The set of twelve is arranged in two books of six, with the Jungbrunnen songs opening Book II.