Sokrates und Alcibiades

Poet:  Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843)

Source:  Sechs Hölderin Fragmente

Date of Composition:  1958 (Summer)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1962*

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Even wisdom gives in to beauty.

Range:  C#4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  F#4 – C#4

Tempo:  Slowly moving; 3/4

Duration:  01:38

Vocal Characteristics: Exposed, unsupported vocal line; chromatic ascensions; triplet figures;

Piano Difficulty Level: Easy

Accompaniment Characteristics: Single melodic line; sustained chords

Additional Comments: Manuscript has a rest in beat 1 of measure 1 rather than a D half note; Diesem Jungling stets? has a different rhythmic setting to fit word in manuscript; pp. 10, mm. 4, the voice line decrescendo is marked at pp in the manuscript;

*Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013