A forest scene (Waldszene) (Hermann Goetz)

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  • (Posted 2021-12-26)  CPDL #67228:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-12-26).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 224 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A forest scene (Waldszene)
Composer: Hermann Goetz
Lyricist: Johann Gabriel Seidl
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1890 The Orpheus no. 231

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Within the woods is deep repose,
A hidden silent dwelling,
A gentle breeze within them blows,
The tender shoots are swelling.
It asks an ear of finest mould,
An eye of keenest glances,
To catch the voices manifold,
To mark how Spring advances.

A sound which dripping bells renew,
Is through the stillness breaking,
As if the chaliced drops of dew
A tinkling fall were making.
A low mysterious organ-tone
Comes softly while we listen,
As if from sunbeams voiceful grown'
While through the leaves they glisten.

Strokes as of axes sound apart,
Now near, and now retreating,
As if the mountain's might heart
At Spring's return were beating.
Translation by John Troutbeck