Text: Bertolt Brecht. Sung by Robyn Archer.
One of Eisler's most personal songsbased on an atypically wistful poem from Brecht's "Buckow Elegies"is also one of his loveliest. The tension between the agitated piano accompaniment and the sad melody is a fine example of Eisler's dialectical style: the piano contradicts the voice, so the singer must avoid the temptation of interpreting the text in a sentimental or egotistical manner. Certainly, Brecht's poem and Eisler's melody are introspectivebut not self-absorbed. Instead, the turbulence of the piano's accompaniment directs the listener's attention to the world outside the garden walls.
Am See, tief zwischen Tann und Silberpappel,
Beside the lake, close to the silver poplars,
Music sample © 1998 Larrikin Records. Another translation is in John Willett's "Bertolt Brecht: Poems 1913-1956" © 1979 Methuen London Ltd. German text (Brecht, revised by Eisler) courtesy of the Lied and Songs Text Page.
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