Music from Germany – Heinrich Heine & Friedrich Silcher

Heinrich Heine, born in 1797 was a german poet. Friedrich Silcher, born in 1789, was a german composer, best known for his Lieder. Listen to “Die Lorelei”; text by H.Heine, music by F. Silcher, and voice by Peter Seiffert:

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Music from Germany – Franz Josef Degenhardt

Franz Josef Degenhardt was a german poet and folksinger. Here’s his song “Lied für die ich es sing”:

Spring, a classic one

Vegetal colors. WU  PHOTO © Willy Uribe

This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,

Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,

Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between

Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.

 

I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration

Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze

Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,

Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

 

And I, what fountain of fire am I among

This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed

About like a shadow buffeted in the throng

Of flames, a shadow that’s gone astray, and is lost.

The Enkindled Spring.

D. H. Lawrence