Menschenbeifall

Poet:  Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843)

Source:  Sechs Hölderin Fragmente

Date of Composition:  1958 (Summer)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1962*

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  You can only see in others, that which you acknowledge of yourself.

Range:  Eb4 – G5

Tessitura:  C4 – F5

Tempo:  With Spirit; 2/2

Duration:  01:15

Vocal Characteristics: Declamatory melody; short phrases; elegant melody despite aggressive accompaniment; some high-lying phrases

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Triple octave figures; motivic idea that keep expanding upon itself; staccato eighths and quarters in octaves with identical rhythm between the hands

Additional Comments: last seven measures of manuscript are indicated “strictly time till the end;”

*Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013