"Liebestod" ([ˈliːbəsˌtoːt] German for "love death") is the title of the final, dramatic music from the 1859 opera Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner. It is the climactic end of the opera, as Isolde sings over Tristan's dead body.


  \new Staff \with { \remove "Time_signature_engraver" }  <<
    \key c \major
    \new Voice \relative c' {
      \override TextSpanner.style = #'line
      \override TextSpanner.bound-details.left.text = \markup { \draw-line #'(0 . -2) }
      \set Staff.midiInstrument = #"violin" 
      \stemUp
      cis'2 \startTextSpan ^\markup { Liebestod (mort dans l'amour) }
      fis  | fis eis | e!2.. fis!8 | gis1  \stopTextSpan
    }
    \new Voice \relative c' {
      \stemDown
      \override TextSpanner.style = #'line
      \override TextSpanner.bound-details.left.text = \markup { \draw-line #'(0 . 2) }
      \override TextSpanner.Y-offset = #-7

      s1 s1
      a'4 \startTextSpan _\markup { \lower #7 "transfiguration dans l'amour" }
      b16 a16 gis16 a16
      \autoBeamOff [ fis'8 e8 ] \autoBeamOn cis8 a8 |
      a2 gis2  \stopTextSpan
    }
    >>
Liebestod motif

The music is often used in film and television productions of doomed lovers.[1]

Partial textEdit

Mild und leise
wie er lächelt,
wie das Auge
hold er öffnet
—seht ihr's, Freunde?
Seht ihr's nicht?
Immer lichter
wie er leuchtet,
stern-umstrahlet
hoch sich hebt?
Seht ihr's nicht?
 
 
 
ertrinken,
versinken, –
unbewusst, –
höchste Lust!

Softly and gently
how he smiles,
how his eyes
fondly open
—do you see, friends?
do you not see?
how he shines
ever brighter.
Star-haloed
rising higher
Do you not see?

[...and ends...]

to drown,
to founder –
unconscious –
utmost bliss!

ReferencesEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Bronfen, Elisabeth, Liebestod und Femme fatale. Der Austausch sozialer Energien zwischen Oper, Literatur und Film, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp 2004. ISBN 3-518-12229-0

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