Die Heimat

Poet:  Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843)

Source:  Sechs Hölderin Fragmente

Date of Composition:  1958 (Summer)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1962*

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Desire to return to nescience.

Range:  Eb4 – G5

Tessitura:  A4 – E5

Tempo:  Quietly flowing; 3/4 (Voice), 9/8 (Piano)

Duration:  01:40

Vocal Characteristics: Lush, legato melody; short phrases; a few simple melismas; some more complex chromaticism in the middle section

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Flowing eighth note triplet feel; with an echo of the vocal line in the top voice of the right hand; octave intervallic seconds in one hand

Additional Comments: pp. 8, mm. 2, there are no accents on “gebt ihr” in the manuscript;

*Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer


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