Die Linien des Lebens

Poet:  Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843)

Source:  Sechs Hölderin Fragmente

Date of Composition:  1958 (Summer)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1962*

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Our completion as beings is not attained in this life.

Range:  Eb4 – G5

Tessitura:  Bb

Tempo:  Slow and solemn; 4/2

Duration:  02:19

Vocal Characteristics: Long phrases; requires pitch independence

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Contrapuntal melodic figures ascend throughout the song leading to a thicker texture and dissonance finally arriving at a seven octave span Eb Maj. Chord; 

Additional Comments: *Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013