Song-Collection I Wish You Bliss

The Lovers Reconciliation, New York : Published by N. Currier, c1846.

from Fünf Lieder, 1943
by Erich Korngold

The first song of the Fünf Lieder, "Glückwunsch" ("Wish of happiness" or, in Korngold's own English translation of the song's lyrics, "I wish you bliss") appears to have been based on the main title theme from the film Devotion (1943), the score of which was composed by Korngold himself and developed in this medium. As may be guessed from the song's title, it is a simple expression of happiness offered, "like love's most beautiful rose bouquet," from one person to another, almost childlike in its sincerity and directness. This simplicity is represented musically by appropriately restrained means: the entire song consists of a nearly constant alteration between the song's tonic E-flat major and its dominant B-flat major seventh chord, creating the impression of a lullaby. Even the song's few brief excursions into non-tonic areas, created for harmonic contrast, tend to gravitate toward neighboring or chromatically adjacent keys, never straying very far, or for very long, from the warmth of the tonic E-flat major.

Despite Korngold's misgivings about his own fluency in English, he nevertheless prepared his own English translation of "Glückwunsch,"written, incidentally, on the reverse side of stationery for "Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc." of Burbank, California (an image of which appears elsewhere on this website). Once can easily imagine Korngold, in a moment of rest from creating his latest film score or musical composition, tossing off this translation in a moment of poetic inspiration. Apparently Korngold's inspired creative genius, whether musical or poetic, was a quality with which he was endowed in boundless measure.

About this Item

I Wish You Bliss
Subject Headings
-  Korngold, Erich Wolfgang, 1897-1957
-  Parlor and Concert Stage
-  Songs and Music
-  great depression and world war ii (1929-1945)
-  Songs Collections
song collection
Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other rights holders (such as holders of publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. There may be content that is protected as "works for hire" (copyright may be held by the party that commissioned the original work) and/or under the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations.

Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permission ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. Users should consult the bibliographic information that accompanies each item for specific information. This catalog data provides the details known to the Library of Congress regarding the corresponding items and may assist users in making independent assessments of the legal status of these items as related to their desired uses.

Items included here with the permission of the rights holders are indicated as such in the bibliographic record for each item.

In some cases, the Library was unable to identify a possible rights holder and has elected to place some of those items online as an exercise of fair use for strictly non-commercial educational uses. The Library of Congress would like to learn more about these materials and would like to hear from individuals or institutions that have any additional information or know of their history. Please contact:  Performing Arts Reading Room.

Suggested credit line: Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

I Wish You Bliss. Web..

APA citation style:

I Wish You Bliss. [Web.] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

I Wish You Bliss. Web.. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

More Web Pages like this