Hälfte des Lebens

Poet:  Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843)

Source:  Sechs Hölderin Fragmente

Date of Composition:  1958 (Summer)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1962*

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject:  Metaphoric examination of life. (From an unraveling mind.)

Range:  E4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  C4 – E5

Tempo:  Slow; 2/2 (3/2)

Duration:  01:52

Vocal Characteristics: Melody largely based on semi-tones; long, sustained phrases in the slow section;

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Triplets throughout, alternating hands; pedal tone in left hand; sudden shifts in clef;

Additional Comments: Extreme challenge of new tempo and return to original tempo is very sudden in the middle section;

*Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013