Snowdrops (Joseph Joachim Raff)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: #58691, transposed down a major 3rd. MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-05-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English translation. At original pitch. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Snowdrops
Composer: Joseph Joachim Raff
Lyricist: Franz Alfred Muth

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 490

Description: Op.198, no.8

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Original text and translations

English.png English translation

Hark, bells sweetly ringing!
How greet they the land?
Of joy is their message,
That Spring is at hand.

If thou in thy bosom
Have ice and snow,
Have trouble and sorrow,
Away with thy woe.

The bells of the snowdrop
For joy seem to ring,
Dost thou, like the snowdrop,
Rejoice in the Spring?

Translation by John Troutbeck

German.png German text

Horch, liebliches Läuten!
Was will es doch sein?
O selig Bedeuten,
Ei, Frühling soll`s sein!

Und hast du im Herzen
Noch Eis und noch Schnee,
Noch Sorgen und Schmerzen,
Nun fort mit dem Weh!

Schneeglöckchen rührt helle
Die Glöcklein so fein —
Wie ist`s, du Geselle,
Du stimmst doch mit ein?