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.
Purposeful singing is what concerns most composers most of their lives. Purposeful singing to me signifies that a composer has come into possession of musical materials of related orders of experience; given these, the composer’s problem then is to shape them coherently so that they are intelligible in themselves, and hence, communicable to an audience. — Aaron Copland, Music and Imagination