Des Glückes stummes Schweigen

There are always reasons to keep on living. Some things you wish to see yet — you hope for them to come true during your life-time, feeling your life would be fulfilled if you’d live to see them happening.

For me, this would definitely be a wish-list of songs and arias for Mr. Jaroussky to sing becoming recorded reality. I would be content then.

The first on my list would be, “Morgen!” by Richard Strauss.

I can almost sense the incoming flame-war. He is no Lied-singer, he is a countertenor, (well yes,) the song is meant to be sung by a woman (no, Wunderlich sang it too… )  etc…  You won’t change my opinion, as likings and fancies can hardly be discussed.

Morgen! Better today than tomorrow, that is, and my life will be saved.

Just for those who only — if at all — know Mr. Jaroussky’s baroque performances, here is something different, to give an idea.

John Henry Mackay

(Mackay was born in Scotland, but raised in Germany, hence the German version is the original, the English version is just a translation)

 Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen
und auf dem Wege, den ich gehen werde,
wird uns, die Glücklichen sie wieder einen
inmitten dieser sonnenatmenden Erde…
und zu dem Strand, dem weiten, wogenblauen,
werden wir still und langsam niedersteigen,
stumm werden wir uns in die Augen schauen,
und auf uns sinkt des Glückes stummes Schweigen…


And tomorrow the sun will shine again
And on the way which I shall follow
She will again unite us lucky ones
As all around us the earth breathes in the sun
Slowly, silently, we will climb down
To the wide beach and the blue waves
In silence, we will look in each other’s eyes
And the mute stillness of happiness will sink upon us

(Translation: Wikipedia)


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