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RC 5 Tibur (“Gleich Elysiums Lenzen lacht der Winter”)

text source

Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Zweiter Theil. Vollständige Ausgabe (Tübingen 1811), 68

recordings

  • Anniversary Edition 7 Et'cetera KTC 1435 CD7

publications

  • Tibur Alsbach & Co, G. (Amsterdam) 22349102
  • Tibur (AB0185) Bank, Annie 21959471

  • Tibur (“Gleich Elysiums Lenzen lacht der Winter”)
  • Matthisson, Friedrich von
  • male choir a cappella
  • 1884-01-01 00:00:00.0 - 1884-12-31 00:00:00.0 | revised 1908-01-01 00:00:00.0 - 1908-12-31 00:00:00.0
  • duration 4:10

Friedrich von Matthisson (1761-1831) was renowned during his lifetime; he was praised for the melancholic mood of his poetry. However, after his death he was soon forgotten. A passage from Diepenbrock’s oration “The Nature Impressions of the Ancients”, which he gave at the Amsterdam Student Debating Society UNICA on 26 April 1883, shows that he was familiar with Matthisson’s ideas. In this speech he commented that in Schiller and Matthisson one finds a lot of evidence for the modern belief [...] that sees nature as a kind of artistic unity. (VG:380) …more >

Tibur (incipit)


Friedrich von Matthisson (1761-1831) was renowned during his lifetime; he was praised for the melancholic mood of his poetry. However, after his death he was soon forgotten. A passage from Diepenbrock’s oration “The Nature Impressions of the Ancients”, which he gave at the Amsterdam Student Debating Society UNICA on 26 April 1883, shows that he was familiar with Matthisson’s ideas. In this speech he commented that in Schiller and Matthisson one finds a lot of evidence for the modern belief [...] that sees nature as a kind of artistic unity. (VG:380)

Matthisson wrote his poem Tibur on New Years Eve 1795. He situated it in the ancient Tibur (later renamed Tivoli), which lies picturesquely above the waterfalls of the River Anio (Aniene). In the poem he reflects on the years flying by. Let us, while we still can, wreath the drinking cups with myrtle. Of the three strophes, Diepenbrock only set the first and third to music in 1884. The sonorous setting is still entirely in the style of the Liedertafel. A quasi polyphonic opening introduces the overall homophonic piece. For the most part the dynamic range is restricted to p and pp. Only in the section “Die Jahr’ entstürmen” (The years fly), where the voices enter in succession with an ascending fourth, there is a crescendo via mf to f, soon followed by a diminuendo to pp on “Morgen Schatten und Asche”. (Tomorrow shadow and ashes). The call for wreathing the drinking cup is sung cheerfully (vivace and mf). Then the first strophe is repeated literally.



Gleich Elysiums Lenzen lacht der Winter
In den Gärten der Hesperiden
Herrlich prangt ihr Apfel im Grün der Haine.
Zephyr wiegt sich auf Blumen,
Schaurig flüstern die Wipfel
Und melodisch mit Silbergetön.
Die Jahre entstürmen,
Morgen Schatten, und Asche,
Kränzt mit Myrthen heute den Becher.


Like spring in Elysium, winter
Laughs in the garden of the Hesperides;
Her apples glisten splendidly in the green groves.
Zephyr is cradled in blossom,
The treetops whisper mysteriously
And melodically in silvered tones.
The years storm past:
Tomorrow brings ghosts and ashes –
Today let us garland our goblets with myrtle.


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    sketchbook C-7(1), used by Diepenbrock in 1908, in which the composition is dated 1884

    • 1934-01-01 00:00:00.0 – 1884-12-31 00:00:00.0
    • location: Diepenbrock Archief Laren
    • pages: 11

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    Anniversary Edition 7

    cd Et'cetera KTC 1435 CD7
    Nederlands Kamerkoor ♦ Stok, Klaas ♦ Gronostay, Uwe ♦ Vocaal Ensemble Markant ♦ Haenchen, Hartmut ♦ Netherlands Radio Choir ♦ Antunes, Celso ♦ Quink Vocaal Ensemble

    Tracks: #1 = RC 7; #2 = RC 36; #3 = RC 85; #4 = RC 86; #5 = RC 87; #6 = RC 38; #7 = RC 56; #8 = RC 63; #9 = RC 28; #10 = RC 5; #11 = RC 34; #12 = RC 35; #13 = RC 119; #14 = RC 57

  • Tibur

    1934 Alsbach & Co, G. (Amsterdam)
  • Tibur (AB0185)

    Bank, Annie