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Seven early songs

Word count: 491

Song Cycle by Alban Maria Johannes Berg (1885 - 1935)

Original language: Sieben frühe Lieder

1. Night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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The clouds embrown the night and valley;
the mists float above, the water rushing gently.
Now all at once they unveil themselves:
o listen! pay heed!

A broad land of wonder has opened up. 
Silver mountains rise up, fantastically huge,
quiet paths lit with silver [lead] toward the valley
from [some] hidden place;

and the noble world is so dreamily pure.
A mute beech stands by the path,
black with shadows; a breeze from a distant, lonely grove
wafts gently by.

And from the deep darkness of the valley
flash lights in the silent night.
Drink, my soul! Drink in this solitude!
O listen! pay heed!


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2. Reed song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850), no title, appears in Gedichte, in 1. Erstes Buch, in Sehnsucht, in Schilflieder, no. 3 CAT FIN FRE ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Curt von Arnim, Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Alban Maria Johannes Berg, Max Bruch, Wilhelm Claussen, Otto Dresel, Louis Dumack, Toni Edelmann, Ernst II, Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Robert Franz, A. Friedland, Albert Fuchs, Paul Geisler, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Hans Harthan, Heinrich XXIV. Prinz Reuss zu Köstritz, Eduard Hermes, Johann Heuchemer, Otto Horr, Mathilde von Kralik, Julius Lammers, Hermann Lanzke, Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, Henri Marteau, Max Mayer, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Carl Ressler, Hugo Riemann, Philipp Rüfer, Othmar Schoeck, Alwin Schutzer, Ferdinand Sieber, Richard Sternfeld, Wilhelm Taubert, Edgar Pierre Joseph Tinel, Franz Veit, Wilhelm Moritz Vogel, Max von Weinzierl. Go to the text.

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Along a secret forest path
I like to creep in the evening light;
I go to the desolate, reedy banks,
and think, my maiden, of you!

As the bushes grow dark,
the reeds hiss mysteriously,
and lament and whisper,
and thus I have to weep and weep.

And I think that I hear wafting
the gentle sound of your voice,
and down into the pond sinks
your lovely song.


Translation of title "Schilflied" = "Reed song"

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3. The nightingale

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888), "Die Nachtigall" CAT FIN FRE ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hans Altmann, Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Moritz Bauer, Reinhold Becker, Alban Maria Johannes Berg, August Bungert, Alexander von Fielitz, Robert Fuchs, Robert Gund, Hans Harthan, Gustav Hasse, Franz von Holstein, Gustav Jenner, Arno Kleffel, Fritz Kögel, Henning Karl Adam von Koss, Max Lippold, Fritz Lissauer, Carl Adolf Lorenz, Dr., Arnold Mendelssohn, Erik Meyer-Helmund, Eduard Karl Nössler, Carl, Graf Nostitz, Ludwig Rochlitzer, Ernst Rudorff, Otto Erich Schilling, Uso Seifert, Emil Sjögren, O. Starcke, K. Thiessen, Ernest Vietor, Friedrich Robert Volkmann, Gerd Watkinson, Helene Zitelmann. Go to the text.

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It happened because the nightingale 
sang the whole night long;
from her sweet call,
from the echo and re-echo,
roses have sprung up.

She was but recently a wild blossom,
and now she walks, deep in thought;
she carries her summer hat in her hand,
enduring quietly the heat of the sun,
knowing not what to begin.

It happened because the nightingale 
sang the whole night long;
from her sweet call,
from the echo and re-echo,
roses have sprung up.


Translation of title "Die Nachtigall" = "The nightingale"

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4. Crowned by a dream

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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That was the day of white chrysanthemums;
I almost trembled before its glory...
And then, then you came to me to take my soul
Deep in the night.
I felt so anxious, and you came so lovingly and gently;
I had just been thinking about you in a dream.
You came, and softly, like a fairy tale, 
the night resounded.


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5. In the chamber

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johannes Schlaf (1862 - 1941), first published <<1902 CAT FRE ITA POR
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Autumn sunlight.
The lovely evening peers so quietly in.
A little red fire
crackles in the stove and flares up. 
And with my head upon your knee,
I am contented.
When my eyes rest in yours,
how gently do the minutes pass!


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6. Love ode

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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In the arms of love we fell blissfully asleep;
at the open window the summer wind listened
and carried the peacefulness of our breath 
out into the bright, moonlit night.

And out of the garden, feeling its way randomly,
the scent of roses came to our bed of love
and gave us wonderful dreams,
dreams of intoxication, rich with yearning.


Translation of title "Liebesode" = "Love ode"

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7. Summer days

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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Now the days drag through the world,
sent forth from blue eternity;
time dissipates in the summer wind.
Now at night the Lord weaves
with blessed hand wreaths of stars 
above the wandering wonderland.
In these days, o my heart, what can
your brightest wanderer's song then say
about your deep, deep pleasure?
In meadowsong the heart falls silent;
now there are no words, and image upon image
visits you and fills you entirely.


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