Telemann: Fliehet hin, ihr bösen Tage

“Melancholy”, by Odilon Redon, 1876, Various charcoals and gouache, with pastel and black chalk, and touches of stumping and erasing, on pale-pink wove paper with red and blue fibers altered to a golden tone, laid down on gray wove paper, Image Source: Art Institute of Chicago
Fliehet hin, ihr bösen Tage from the communion cantata Fliehet hin, ihr bösen Tage, TWV 4:19* by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)


Fly away, evil days

of my life, fly away!

Constant suffering has left me

less than half alive.

Bitters and affliction

have been my drink and daily bread.

My time has been spent in groans,

signs and wringing my hands.

Jeffrey Stivers

Thanks for Visiting 🙂


8 Comments Add yours

  1. shoreacres says:

    My immediate response after reading the translation was to laugh. That may be an idiosyncratic response, but I know a few people who sound just like that, all the time. Listening to continual sighing and groaning can become wearisome!

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  2. You probably know that Telemann created more pieces than any other classical music composer.

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    1. I just recently started learning about him. I had no idea!


  3. Thank you for allowing me to wake up to beauty. Truth is I got up at 3:00a, had a migraine, and went back to bed. This artist was incredible! I loved them all, but my favorite were the ones with color- especially the blue. Thank you so much for introducing me to this artist. What talent!! I hope that you have an amazing day, Sunnyside!!!🌸

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    1. I hope your pain is easing, Susan. Migraines are horrible. ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. Yes, it is. Thank you. Migraines are a fresh hell.

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