The Hurdy-gurdy Man from Schubert's bleak song-cycle Winterreise.
1. with hurdy-gurdy accompaniment.
2. the original piano version with Thomas Quasthoff accompanied by Daniel Barenboim.
There are also beautiful interpretations by Fischer-Dieskau, and with Hans Hotter and Gerald Moore,
together with the German text by Wilhelm Müller.
|Barefoot on the ice he|
stumbles here and there;
and his little coin-cup
stays forlornly bare.
Nothing on his feet, he
staggers through the cold.
No one puts a farthing
in his battered bowl.
It took me most of a morning to translate these simple lines!
Those, like me, who were around and interested in the British and Irish Folksong revival of the 1950s and 1960s (thank you Lonnie Donegan!) may remember Cyril Tawney's The Oggie-Man, about the demise of a man who sold a kind of savoury pasty...