Tonerna – Visions
TRANSLATION AND COMMENTS BY DR. ALF LUNDER KNUDSEN
The collaboration of Swedish historian Erik Gustaf Geijer (1783-1847), who wrote the lyrics, and Carl Sjöberg (1861 – 1900), Swedish medical doctor and a self-taught composer, is best known for the song Tonerna (1894) made famous by Swedish tenor Jussie Björling. This arrangement for male chorus by Alberto Bimboni includes an English text by Helen Kaminski.
Dreams seek for music to bring release;
Day dawns with sorrow, with sorrow that dims its light.
Day seeks for music for song bringing peace
Songs bring a promise of sweet content,
Songs/music that asks for rest with you,
The heart, which suffers, from the furor of day
Songs/music to you will fly.