…as the gentle(??) rain from heaven…

Water Music

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Schlechtes Wetter

Heinrich Heine


Das ist ein schlechtes Wetter,
Es regnet und stürmt und schneit;
Ich sitze am Fenster und
schaue
Hinaus in die Dunkelheit.

Da schimmert ein einsames Lichtchen,
Das wandelt langsam fort;
Ein Mütterchen mit dem Laternchen
Wankt über die Straße dort.

Ich glaube, Mehl und Eier
Und Butter kaufte sie ein;
Sie will einen Kuchen backen
Fürs große Töchterlein.

Die liegt zu Hause im Lehnstuhl,
Und blinzelt schläfrig ins Licht;
Die goldenen Locken
wallen
Über das süße Gesicht.

Dreadful Weather

English Translation © Richard Stokes

This is dreadful weather,
It’s raining and blowing and snowing;
I sit at my window and
stare
Out into the darkness.

One solitary light flickers out there,
Moving slowly along;
A little old woman with a lantern
Totters across the street.

I fancy it’s flour and eggs
And butter she’s been buying;
She’s going to bake a cake
For her big little daughter.

She lolls at home in the armchair,
Blinking sleepily into the light;
Her golden curls tumble down
Over her sweet face.


Gentle but sad rain with Brahms:

Regenlied text & translation


Rained on parks and the memory of a children’s game with Debussy:


Night, wind, rain and snow and a (surprisingly) happy ending with Richard Strauss:

Schlechtes Wetter: text & translation (again!)


Vivaldi‘s Italian Summer storm (with hailstones):

00:54Allegro non molto
06:37Adagio e piano – Presto e forte
08:43Presto


Beethoven‘s Viennese storm:

(00:18​) I. Allegro ma non troppo: Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande /
Awakening of cheerful feelings on arrival in the countryside
(12:43​) II. Andante molto mosso: Szene am Bach /
Scene by the brook
(24:42​) III. Allegro: Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute /
Merry gathering of the countryfolk
(30:15​) IV. Allegro: Gewitter, Sturm /
Thunderstorm

(34:16​) V. Allegretto: Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm /
Shepherd’s song. Glad and grateful feelings after the storm


Rossini‘s Swiss storm:


Descending an Alp and the orchestral storm to end all orchestral storms with Richard Strauss:

You can listed to and watch a performance of the complete work here.


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One thought on “…as the gentle(??) rain from heaven…

  1. Chris
    My first reaction to your comments about “rain” was not to recollect Britten’s ” Still falls the rain” but to his “Noye’s Fludde” where hung cups, when tapped by children, produced the sound of loud raindrops. The sound they made a few feet from me 50 years ago in St.Paul’s Llanelli has never left me.
    Graham

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