German Lied

Sonntag

This strophic German song (Op. 47, No. 3) by Johannes Brahms is about Sunday love - a young man longing for the beautiful girl he only sees in church on Sunday. Steve transcribed it for saxophone and piano, as you can hear in the recording below (listen for laughter in the piano interlude and coda!) For an in-depth description of our rehearsal process for this piece, read this. Enjoy!

"So all the week I've not seen my dear love, on a Sunday I saw her standing at her door; my darling love, my darling sweet, would God, I were with her today!

So all the week I'll not cease to laugh, on a Sunday I saw her going to church: my darling love, my darling sweet, would God, I were with her today!"

-Ludwig Uhland (tr. George Bird and Richard Stokes)

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