May day (Joseph Joachim Raff)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-20)  CPDL #58719:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English translation. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: May day
Composer: Joseph Joachim Raff
Lyricist: Franz Alfred Muth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 491
Description: Maitag Op.198, no.9

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Original text and translations

English.png English translation

The leaves again are bursting,
The sky is clear and blue,
To earth they give a greeting,
By May espoused anew,
The woods are green, and green the plains,
To Paradise the world attains.
In May-time, in May-time.

Through every window enters
The warm and fragrant air,
The flowers unfold, rejoicing
The golden light to share.
The heart its thanks to heaven should pay,
For that the world is bright and gay,
In May-time, in May-time.

Translation by John Troutbeck

German.png German text