Irish Songs, WoO 153-5

🎼🎶 Tuesday, April 20, 2021
The setting of Robert Burns’ poem “I dream’d I lay where flow’rs were springing” is one of the few cases in which Beethoven agreed to revise a composition. George Thomson, the publisher, had objected that the introduction was too full of contrast and asked for something “more agreeable and cantabile”. Beethoven obliged with the following setting.
”I dream’d I lay where flow'rs were springing,
Gaily in the sunny beam;
I listen’d to the wild birds singing,
By a falling crystal stream.
At once the sky grew black and daring,
While through the woods the whirlwinds rave;
The trees with aged arms were warring,
Across the swelling drumlie wave.
“Such was my life's deceitful morning,
Such the pleasures I enjoy’d:
But long ere noon loud tempests storming,
All my flow’ry bliss destroy'd.
Though fickle fortune has deceiv'd me,
Promised fair, and perform'd but ill,
Of many a joy and hope bereav'd me,
I bear a heart shall support me still.”
This Sunday’s online concert by the Schiller Institute Chorus, on the theme “Believe in a World without War!” will truly be an event to remember! https://www.musae.me/sinycchorus/experiences/970/believe-in
20 Irish Songs, WoO 153 (Excerpts) : No. 5, I Dream'd I Lay Where Flow'rs Were Springing (2nd...
20 Irish Songs, WoO 153 (Excerpts) : No. 5, I Dream'd I Lay Where Flow'rs Were Springing (2nd...
This Sunday’s online concert by the Schiller Institute Chorus, on the theme “Believe in a World without War!” will truly be an event to remember! https://www.musae.me/sinycchorus/experiences/970/believe-in

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  • John Scialdone
    published this page in Daily Beethoven 2021-04-20 09:01:54 -0400

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