Parting

(1995)

by Peter Sculthorpe

Description
voice and piano
Duration
3
Genres
Tenor
Text
Heinrich Heine
Instrumentation
Languages
English
Commission
Written especially for Gerald English to mark the occasion of his 70th birthday
First Performance
5.11.95, Eugene Goossens Hall, Australia: Gerald English/Ian Munro
Availability
B3 score (fp) 55529 2 on sale
Programme Notes
This work began life as a short song, with words by Heine, written in 1947 when I was a student in Melbourne. In this arrangement for viola and piano, I made some minor revisions to the verses of the song and added an extended coda. Parting When two that loved are parting, Each takes the other’s hand And straight they fall to weeping And sighing, o’er the land. But we two, when we parted, Wept not nor sighed we thus, The weeping and the sighing Came afterward, with us. Heinrich Heine, trans. Robert Garran PS

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