Sung by GEORGE PARKER (Baritone)
Fischerlied (' Fisher Song ')
Nacht und Traume (Night and Dreams)
Der Geisteitanz (Spectre's Dance)
Dcr Seluffer (' The Seaman ')
THE poem of ' Philoktet ' is by Mayrhofer, whose tribute to Schubert was quoted in these notes on Monday. In this song Philoctetes complains to Ulysses that his bow, once the messenger of death to the Trojans, has been- taken from him, he does not know why. He begs the. wise o!d King to pity him and win it back for him.
LIKE the ensuing song of Claudius, ' Fischerlied' tells of contentment and happiness.
It is a very fanciful picture of the fisherman's treasures, making the most of the beauties of the water and of returning to land and home, taking no account of trials nor hardships. There are eight verses, not all necessary for an understanding of the song, as the same sentiment is repeated a good deal, and all are sung to the same simple, straightforward melody, with a calm, flowing movement.
ONE of the best-known of Schubert's songs
' Nacht und Traume ' is in praise of the calm of holy night and of the dreams it brings with it. The pianoforte part is throughout in waving semiquavers.
A Playful Revue in a series of Gambols by RONALD FRANKAU and his
' Why be bored, depressed, morose,
When Kittens can supply the dose
Which makes the oldest people scoff At Glands advised by Voronoff ? '
GEISTERTANZ, in rapid, 6-8 time, with a little interlude and recitative in the middle, tells of the ghosts that rise from their graves as the clock strikes midnight, and dance about their tombs.
CALLED simply ' Song,' the innocent poem of Claudius tells of contentment and happiness in simple things. There are six verses, sung to the same melody, and the singer sets forth the things which he neither has nor envies. Crowns and sceptres, riches and luxury, are nought to him; he is iiappy in his humble state.
IN the last song, to a text by Meyrhofer, (the song is dedicated by Schubert to the poet) he sings of winds and storms, which the sailor must face courageously.