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4 Songs on Georg Trakl Poems

Word count: 308

Song Cycle by Josef Schelb (1894 - 1977)

Original language: 4 Gesänge nach Texten von Georg Trakl

1. Idyllized Autumn

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Verklärter Herbst", appears in Kleines Konzert FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Walter Abendroth, Huub de Lange, Benoît Mernier, Josef Schelb, Thomas Schubert, Jan Stuten, Felix Wolfes. Go to the text.

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With grandeur, such the year’s course ends
with golden wine and fruit from gardens.
Like magic, woods around keep still
and are the lonesome one’s companions. 

The countryman then says: It’s good. 
You evening bells ring long and quiet 
to give glad courage to the end. 
A flock of birds greets on the journey. 

It is the gentle time of love. 
In boats downstream the bluey river: 
How nicely scene to scene is strung - 
and then is drowned by rest and silence.


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2. A winter evening

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Ein Winterabend", appears in Der Herbst des Einsamen, 2. Fassung FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedhelm Döhl, Gordon Kerry, Wilhelm Killmayer, Wilhelm Petersen, Josef Schelb, Thomas Schubert, Rudi Spring, Jan Stuten, Anton von Webern. Go to the text.

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When the snow falls ’gainst the panes, 
long the evening bell is ringing, 
many find a well-laid table 
and their matters well arranged. 

Many a man who roams about
finds the gate on murky pathways. 
Golden blooms the tree of mercy
from the cool sap of the earth. 

Wanderer, step in, be still; 
Pain has petrified the threshold. 
There are - chaste in radiance gleaming -
on the table bread and wine. 


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3. In Spring

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Im Frühling", appears in Sebastian im Traum FRE ITA
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Softly the snow was sinking from dark steps,
in the tree’s shadow
lovers raise their rosy eyelids. 

Ever star and night
follow the boatmen’s dark calls;
and the oars beat quietly keeping time. 

Soon by the dilapidated wall
violets blossom,
so silently the lonely one’s temple turns green.


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4. Summer's decline

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2010 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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The verdant summer has been growing
so muted, your countenance of crystal.
By the vespertine pond the flowers died,
an alarmed blackbird's call.

In vain is the hope of life. Prepared is
the swallow at home for its journey
and the sun is sinking by the hill;
night beckons to travel to the stars. 

Silence in hamlets. Around resound
the deserted forests. Heart,
bend now with deeper love
over the placidly sleeping girl.

The verdant summer has been growing
so muted, and the stranger's footstep
is ringing through the silvery night.
Would a blue deer think of his pathways,
the concord of his spiritual years!


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