Ballade des äußeren Lebens / Ballad of the external life

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This song is based on a poem by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, written before he made his name as a dramatist and the librettist for some of Richard Strauss’s operas. I have also provided an English version. The song lies in the bass or bass-baritone register, because I think the dark tone colour of that kind of voice is best suited to the sombre words and the slow-moving melody; but in principle there would be no objection to transposing the song for a different kind of voice.

Score ID
Year of composition
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Difficult (Grades 7+)
6 minutes
Voice + keyboard
Modern classical music

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