By the Roadside

Ruth Schönthal (1924-2006): By the Roadside, 6 songs su versi di Walt Whitman (1975). Berenice Bramson, soprano, accompagnata al pianoforte dall’autrice.

I. Mother and Babe
I see the sleeping babe nestling the breast of its mother,
The sleeping mother and babe — hush’d, I study them long and long.

II. Thought
Of obedience, faith, adhesiveness;
As I stand aloof and look, there is to me something profoundly affecting in large
masses of men, following the lead of those who do not believe in men.

III. Visor’d
A mask, a perpetual disguiser of herself,
Concealing her face, concealing her form,
Changes and transformations every hour, every moment,
Falling upon her even when she sleeps.

IV. To old age
I see in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads
itself grandly as it pours in the great sea.

V. A farm picture
Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,
A sunlit pasture field with cattle and horses feeding,
And haze and vista, and the far horizon fading away.

VI. A child’s amaze
Silent and amazed even when a little boy,
I remember I heard the preacher every Sunday put God in his statements,
As contending against some being or influence.

È per Giuliana, che apprezza Whitman.