Today, on the 14th of February, a lot of people around the world celebrate Valentine’s day. For me, it used to be a day when people send cards, flowers, chocolates, or maybe gifts. But now I am a grown-up, I learned that even though love should not only shown on a particular day, but it is still important to express our love towards others. And today, I saw so many love spread around my social media feeds, which makes me think, I might need to spread some love too!
Last month I had my very first vocal recital done. I have reached my checkpoint, of course with all the good and not-so-good things happened, and I surely earned new knowledge by both kind of experiences.
This is one of my favourite love song me and my friend Nesca have performed on the recital, composed by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) based on the text written by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838). The English translation below is provided by Daniel Platt.
Du Ring an meinem Finger, Mein goldnes Ringelein, Ich drücke dich fromm an die Lippen, Dich fromm an das Herze mein. Ich hatt' ihn ausgeträumet, Der Kindheit friedlich schönen Traum, Ich fand allein mich, verloren Im öden, unendlichen Raum. Du Ring an meinem Finger, Da hast du mich erst belehrt, Hast meinem Blick erschlossen Des Lebens unendlichen, tiefen Wert. Ich will ihm dienen, ihm leben, Ihm angehören ganz, Hin selber mich geben und finden Verklärt mich in seinem Glanz. Du Ring an meinem Finger, Mein goldnes Ringelein, Ich drücke dich fromm an die Lippen, Dich fromm an das Herze mein.
Thou ring on my finger, my little golden ring, I press thee piously upon my lips piously upon my heart. I had dreamt it, the tranquil, lovely dream of childhood, I found myself alone and lost in barren, infinite space. Thou ring on my finger, thou hast taught me for the first time, hast opened my gaze unto the endless, deep value of life. I want to serve him, live for him, belong to him entire, Give myself and find myself transfigured in his radiance. Thou ring on my finger, my little golden ring, I press thee piously upon lips, piously upon my heart.