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Wie nahte mir der Schlummer

Opera details:

Opera title:

Der Freischütz

Composer:

Carl Maria von Weber

Language:

German

Synopsis:

Der Freischütz Synopsis

Libretto:

Der Freischütz Libretto

Translation(s):

English

Aria details:

Type:

recitative,aria

Role(s):

Agathe

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

2.05a

Previous scene: Und Der Bursch Nicht Minder Schon
Next scene: Leise leise fromme Weise

Elisabeth Grümmer, "Wie nahte mir der Schlummer", Weber: Der Freischütz (rec. 1955)

Singer: Elisabeth Grümmer

The great German soprano Elisabeth Grümmer (1911-1986) in Agathe's solo scene, "Wie nahte mir der Schlummer...Leise, leise" from Act 2 of Weber's Der Freischütz, coming from a radio broadcast recording made in 1955, with the Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester, conducted by Erich Kleiber.

The late opera critic John B. Steane concludes his chapter on Grümmer in his book "Singers of the Century" most touchingly. Her husband; "her one love," was a violinist & "it was the sound of his violin, the daily practice of the legato, cantabile style, that most influenced her concept of the singer's art. It's said she never fully & inwardly recovered from his death in an air raid during WWII, and when she returned to singing after the war, it was perhaps more than anything else to preserve the memory & perpetuate the sound of that violin."

The following biographical profile of Grümmer comes from Cantabile-subito ("She was born in Lorraine (Niederjeutz, later Yutz-Basse) as the child of German parents. In 1918 the family was evicted from Lorraine and moved to the theatre town of Meiningen. She attended the drama school and appeared in the school's scenic performances in classical roles like Klärchen in Goethe's Egmont. All her artistic goals seemed to come to an end when she married the violinist Detlev Grümmer (a concert-master at the Landestheater Meiningen) and eventually became a mother. When her husband obtained an engagement at the Stadttheater in Aachen, this represented an important change of centre for the family. The young Herbert von Karajan was General Music Director of this opera house and she was very much impressed by him. She decided to take singing lessons, among others with the renowned vocal coach Franziska Martienssen-Lohmann. Karajan was interested in working with her right from the beginning. He gave her the chance to appear in a Parsifal performance in 1941 as the First Flower maiden. She was engaged to Duisburg and then eventally to Prague. Her husband died tragically at a bombing attack. After war she became a regular member of the Städtische Oper Berlin. Berlin always remained the centre of her activities. She sang with greatest success in all the world's leading operahouses, at Covent Garden, the Grand Opéra, La Scala, the Met, the Teatro Colón, and the State Operas of Munich, Vienna and Hamburg. Between 1957 and 1961 she was to be heard at the Bayreuth Festival each year. She restricted herself to a rather small repertoire she made very much her own: Pamina, Donna Anna, Ilia, the Countess Almaviva, Agathe, Hänsel, Oktavian, the Marschallin, Countess Madeleine, Eva, Elsa, Elisabeth, Gutrune, Freia and Desdemona. She made it her practise to sing everything in her own language. Her art is unforgettable on the concert platform. Her song recitals were always great artistic events as her performances of Bach's Passions and her unsurpassed Ihr habt nur Traurigkeit in Brahms' German Requiem. In 1965 Elisabeth Grümmer became professor at the Berlin Musikhochschule. In 1986 she was nominated an honorary member of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin. She died the same year in Warendorf (Westphalia)."

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:


ZWEITER AUFTRITT
Agathe allein.

Nr. 8 - Szene und Arie

AGATHE
Wie nahte mir der Schlummer,
Bevor ich ihn gesehn?
Ja, Liebe pflegt mit Kummer
Stets Hand in Hand zu gehn!
Ob Mond auf seinem Pfad wohl lacht?

Sie öffnet die Altantür, so dass man in eine sternenhelle Nacht sieht

Welch schöne Nacht!

Sie tritt in den Altan und erhebt in frommer Rührung ihre Hände

Leise, leise,
Fromme Weise!
Schwing dich auf zum Sternenkreise.
Lied erschalle!
Feiernd walle
Mein Gebet zur Himmelshalle!

Hinausschauend

O wie hell die goldnen Sterne,
Mit wie reinem Glanz sie glühn!
Nur dort in der Berge Ferne,
Scheint ein Wetter aufzuziehn.
Dort am Wald auch schwebt ein Heer
Dunkler Wolken dumpf und schwer.
Zu dir wende
Ich die Hände,
Herr ohn' Anfang und ohn' Ende!
Vor Gefahren
Uns zu wahren
Sende deine Engelscharen! -

Wieder hinausschauend

Alles pflegt schon längst der Ruh';
Trauter Freund, wo weilest du?
Ob mein Ohr auch eifrig lauscht,
Nur der Tannen Wipfel rauscht;
Nur das Birkenlaub im Hain
Flüstert durch die hehre Stille -
Nur die Nachtigall und Grille
Scheint der Nachtluft sich zu freun. -
Doch wie? Täuscht mich nicht mein Ohr?
Dort klingt's wie Schritte!
Dort aus der Tannen Mitte
Kommt was hervor!
Er ist's! er ist's!
Die Flagge der Liebe mag wehn!

Sie winkt mit einem weissen Tuch

Dein Mädchen wacht
Noch in der Nacht! -
Er scheint mich noch nicht zu sehn!
Gott, täuscht das Licht
Des Monds mich nicht,
So schmückt ein Blumenstrauss den Hut!
Gewiss, er hat den besten Schuss getan!
Das kündet Glück für morgen an!
O süsse Hoffnung! Neu belebter Mut! -
All meine Pulse schlagen,
Und das Herz wallt ungestüm,
Süss entzückt entgegen ihm!
Konnt' ich das zu hoffen wagen?
Ja, es wandte sich das Glück
Zu dem teuern Freund zurück:
Will sich morgen treu bewähren! -
Ist's nicht Täuschung? - Ist's nicht Wahn?
Himmel, nimm des Dankes Zähren
Für dies Pfand der Hoffnung an!
All meine Pulse schlagen,
Und das Herz wallt ungestüm,
Süss entzückt entgegen ihm.

English Libretto or Translation:

No. 8 - Scena and Aria

AGATHA
How did sleep come to me
Before I saw him?
Yes love and anxiousness take care
Always to go hand in hand.
Is the moon too laughing on its course?

She opens the balcony door to reveal a star-bright night.

What a beautiful night!

Goes on to the balcony and raises her hands in pure rapture.

Softly, softly,
My pure song!
Waft yourself to the region of stars.
Resound, my song!
Solemnly float
My prayer to the halls of heaven!

looking out

O how bright the golden stars are,
With how pure a gleam they glow!
There only, in the distant mountains
A storm seems to be brewing up.
There too in the forest hovers a clump
Of dark clouds, brooding and heavy.
To you I turn
My hands,
Lord without beginning or end!
From dangers
To guard us
Send your hosts of angels!

Looking out again

All things have long betaken themselves to rest.
Dear friend, where are you tarrying?
Even when my ear listens keenly,
Only the tops of the firtrees rustle.
Only the birchleaves in the grove
Whisper through the wondrous silence.
Only the nightingale and cricket
Seem to enjoy the night air.
And yet? Do my ears deceive me?
That sounds like footsteps!
From the middle of the firs there
Someone is coming!
It is he, it is he!
Let love's banner flutter!

She waves with a white kerchief.

Your maiden is watching
Even thought it is night!
He does not seem to see me yet!
God, if the moonlight
Does not deceive me,
A bunch of flowers adorns his hat!
For sure he has made the best shot!
That tells of good luck for tomorrow!
O sweet hope, o courage new revived!
All my pulses are beating,
And my heart pants wildly,
Full of sweet enchantment at his approach!
Could I dare to hope it?
Yes, luck has returned
Back to my dear friend,
And will stay faithful tomorrow!
Is it no mistake? Is it no madness?
Heaven, receive these tears of thanks
For this pledge of hope!
All my pulses are beating,
And my heart pants wildly,
Full of sweet enchantment at his approach!
Enchanted at his approach!

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