Die Jugend

Poet:  Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843)

Source:  Sechs Hölderin Fragmente

Date of Composition:  1958 (Summer)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1962*

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Heavenly being is able to experience the comfort of love.

Range:  C#4 – A5

Tessitura:  B4 – E5

Tempo:  Quick and light; 3/4

Duration:  01:32

Vocal Characteristics: Large leaps, ascending and descending; rhythmically angular melody; melody becomes lyrically legato ascending lines;

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Quick crawling of descending thirds; contrary and parallel motion between hands in scalar section; rolled chords; quarter chords in right hand with trills in the left

Additional Comments: pp. 12, the articulations on the vocal line are not in the manuscript; pp. 12, mm. 23-24, the vocal line notes are reversed in the manuscript; pp. 13, final sustained chords and “Vater Helio” is all marked ppp in the manuscript

*Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer

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