Welcome to the Hampsong Foundation’s song text and translation library. Are you looking for a specific translation of a song into English or German? Or just interested in exploring some of the literary words that have inspired so many composers? You can search the library by composer, song collection/project, or song title. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, check out the amazing websites of some of our colleagues, listed below.
Song is a metaphor of the imagination; it is poetic thought encapsulated in music. Poetry is driven by the basic instinct to tell the story of existence and American poetry explores the cultural roots of our nation. — Thomas Hampson