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Feuer und Wasser (Fire and Water) for cor anglais and guitar

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By David Warin Solomons

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English Horn, Guitar - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by David Warin Solomons (1953-). 21st Century, 20th Century, Neo-Classical, Folk. Score, Set of Parts. 10 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.20333).

Item Number: S0.20333

Performed by Ágnes Jakab (cor anglais) and András Csáki (guitar)
This sequence and melody was inspired by a poem written by a friend called Otto Wanke,
who was going through the teenage angst of splitting up with the first girl he loved.
The title (Feuer und Wasser = Fire and Water) refers to the idea that these two "elements" are incompatible, but the music (in minor mode with occasional hints of Dorian) is a simple lament rather than a musical description of the "elements" in question.
The music was originally written as a song for alto voice with classical guitar accompaniment.
The poem is a somewhat resigned teenage-angst song of unrequited love:

Ich muss mich damit abfinden
dass Feuer und Wasser nicht zusammen passen
Das Feuer das mit heller Flamme leuchtet
das seine Umgebung anzünden möchte
das knistert.
Das Wasser das gemächlich vor sich hinfliesst
das sich nur langsam erwärmen lässt,
das sucht
das sucht
Ich muss mich damit abfinden
dass Feuer und Wasser nicht zusammen passen.
© Otto Wanke

My English version:

I must settle my mind on this
that fire and water do not go together
Hot fire whose great flames flare up so brightly
which wants to set light
to all things around it
spits fiercely
Cool water smoothly flows ahead so slowly
and takes so long to warm up
and seeps
in search
in search
I must settle my mind on this
that fire and water do not go together.
©David W Solomons

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