12. Wie, Midas, bist du toll?

From Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde, BWV 201

Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach
Key
b minor → e minor
Meter
4/4
Length
19 measures

German text

English translation

Momus

Momus

Wie, Mydas, bist du toll?
What, Midas, are you crazy?
 
 

Mercurius

Mercury

Wer hat dir den Verstand verrückt?
Who has deranged your understanding?
 
 

Tmolus

Tmolus

Das dacht ich wohl, dass du so ungeschickt!
This I sure thought: that you [are] so inept!
 
 

Phoebus

Phoebus

Sprich, was ich mit dir machen soll?
Speak, what shall I do with you?
Verkehr ich dich in Raben,
[Shall] I turn you into a raven?
Soll ich dich schinden oder schaben?
Shall I flay or skin you?
 
 

Mydas

Midas

Ach! plaget mich doch nicht so sehre,
Ah, just do not pester me so much;
Es fiel mir ja
Yes, to my sense of hearing,
Also in mein Gehöre.
It [the match] struck me this way.
 
 

Phoebus

Phoebus

Sieh da,
See here,
So sollst du Eselsohren haben!
Then you shall have donkey’s ears!
 
 

Mercurius

Mercury

Das ist der Lohn
That is the wages
Der tollen Ehrbegierigkeit.
Of crazed lusting after honor.
 
 

Pan

Pan

Ei! warum hast du diesen Streit
Hey, why have you [Midas] taken up
Auf leichte Schultern übernommen?
This [weighty] contest [as if] onto easy shoulders?
 
 

Mydas

Midas

Wie ist mir die Kommission
How the assignment [to judge this contest] has
So schlecht bekommen!
So badly disagreed with me!
 

About the text

  • Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Book XI (Dürr 2005, 913)

Instrumentation

  • Momus (Soprano)
  • Mercurius (Alto)
  • Tmolus (Tenore I)
  • Midas (Tenore II)
  • Phoebus (Basso I)
  • Pan (Basso II)
  • Continuo

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