Oliver Rosteck, the vocal ensemble leader of the Studiooper der Universität Bremen
, introduced me this lovely German folk song in the form of a Johannes Brahms
arrangement for vocal quartet. We sang it under Oliver's direction at the Schönbergiade 02
and Ceilidh 2002
in June 2002 and again during the final Ceilidh 2003
in June 2003. The song itself is a very lovely, sad poem on the pain and suffering of parting and separation.