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My Very Heart
Composed by Laura Farnell
Instrumentation: piano and optional clarinet
Catalog number: AMP 0936
The text for “My Very Heart” is a combination of “A Love Song” by Theodosia Garrison and “Du Meine Seele, Du Mein Herz” by Friedrich Rückert.
Friedrich Rückert (1788–1866) was a German poet, and his well-known text has been set to music by many composers, including Robert Schumann in the art song, “Wiedmung.” Most of the chorus of “My Very Heart” is based on an English translation of this poem. This poem is typical of texts that were popular in the Romantic era where authors and composers sought to express intense feelings in their art. Look for the “extremes” of love contrasted in the entire English translation of the poem below (e.g., “sweet desire” vs. “pain” “heaven” vs. “grave”)
O THOU, my soul, my very heart,
Theodosia Garrison (1874–1944) was a little–known American poet. The two verses of “My Very Heart” are based on the two contrasting sections of her poem “A Love Song”. These words complement Rückert's poem beautifully as they contrast the peacefulness versus the exuberance of intense love.
My love it should be silent, being deep –
Yet is my love so great it needs must fill
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