David Lancaster

Dragon Music Publishing

Trakl Songs - for soprano, flute and piano

SM-000322435
Composer
David Lancaster
Lyricist
Georg Trakl
Translator
David Lancaster
Publisher
Dragon Music Publishing
Genre
Classical / Vocal music
Instrumentation
Piano, Flute, Soprano
Scored for
Trio
Type of score
Full score, Solo part
Duration
9'0"
Language
English
Difficulty
Difficult
Year of composition
2016

Description
These songs set words from three poems by the Austrian expressionist poet Georg Trakl (1887-1914):

• Grodek (songs 1,3 and 6)
• Delirium (songs 2 and 5)
• Sister’s Garden (song 4)

Trakl trained as a pharmacist and served in Poland during the early days of WWI, stewarding the recovery of some ninety soldiers who had been wounded in the fierce campaign against the Russians. He tried to shoot himself from the strain but his comrades prevented him. Hospitalized at a military hospital in Kraków, Trakl lapsed into worse depression and finally succumbed to an overdose of cocaine.

His poetry deals with several main themes which are repeated quite obsessively throughout his work: the evening (and the colour purple), silence (particularly the silence of the dead), his sister (who he portrays as both angel and whore) and images from nature, such as birds, trees and flowers, though never in a comforting pastorale. I hope that the music captures something of the despair, beauty and wild delirium of his poetry.

Upload date
31 Dec 2017

Price

Sheet music file
10.00 USD
ZIP, 328.8 Kb

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