BEAUTIFUL MUSIC – “Beim Schlafengehen”

From Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs. The title means “Going to Sleep.”

One of the great, moving pieces of 20th century music.

If you don’t like vocal music (or think you don’t), begin with the instrumental interlude at 1:41. Then try to resist the emotions at the end of the song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XP2chJ6Ujc

Translation of Text by Hermann Hesse

(And it’s not just about going to sleep.)

Nun der Tag mich müd gemacht,
soll mein sehnliches Verlangen
freundlich die gestirnte Nacht
wie ein müdes Kind empfangen.

Hände, laßt von allem Tun
Stirn, vergiß du alles Denken,
Alle meine Sinne nun
wollen sich in Schlummer senken.

Und die Seele unbewacht
will in freien Flügen schweben,
um im Zauberkreis der Nacht
tief und tausendfach zu leben.

Now that I am wearied of the day,
my ardent desire shall happily receive
the starry night
like a sleepy child.Hands, stop all your work.
Brow, forget all your thinking.
All my senses now
yearn to sink into slumber.

And my unfettered soul
wishes to soar up freely
into night’s magic sphere
to live there deeply and thousandfold.

 

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