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.
If you accept the fact that words are somehow the symbols of people’s thoughts and identifications of their lives, and that music can perhaps echo memories and associations more distant than any immediate reality — then in song you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time. — Thomas Hampson