This month of June: five free songs to sing your way into summer.
We actively invite contributions to a video showcase featuring these songs later in the summer. We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Here are five brainteaser clues to lead the way.
Written in 1840, our first summer song, from a well-known cycle based on selections from Heinrich Heine. In it, the narrator who is wandering silently gets a message from the flowers: do not be angry with our sister.
Es flüstern und sprechen die Blumen,
ich aber wandle stumm…
…Sei uns’rer Schwester nicht böse,
du trauriger, blasser Mann.
REVEAL: High / original – B Flat | Low – A
The second is a 1934 song by a member of that well-known Music Hall composer genus pseudonymus pseudonymus, “Harry Tilsley”, this not-so-well-known “east coast melody” depicts a mockney day at the sea-side.
For the third, we’re off to Ireland for a traditional folk song, in which the narrator describes the feeling of being brave in love:
I shall tell her all my love, All my soul’s adoration;
And I think she will hear me, And will not say me nay.
It is this that fills my soul, With its joyous elation…
Our fourth is popular in choral settings, a Finnish traditional song, set as an art song by Gabriel Linsen, it’s sometimes called by its first line “I am at the top of a branch”. The song is connected with a cholera epidemic in Helsinki, the Pirkanmaa region and a Lieutenant Colonel’s farm.
The fifth song was written in 1878 by one of the great Romantic composers. It depicts a sighting of a solitary nymph bathing in a brook, shimmering in the moonlight:
Dorten, an dem Bach alleine,
Badet sich die schöne Elfe;
Arm und Nacken, weiß und lieblich,
Schimmern in dem Mondenscheine.
These tracks are available to download for free for the month of June. We will be putting together a showcase in August. Feel free to contact us by email or on our social media if you have any questions at all.