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Three songs

Word count: 386

Song Cycle by Bernard Wagenaar (1894 - 1971)

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1. Calmes dans le demi-jour [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)

Translation(s): CAT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG GER GER GER GER GRE SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Anna Brull Piñol) , "Calms, dins el capvespre", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Muted", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) (Peter Grunberg) , "Muted", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) (Julie Nezami-Tavi) , copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Gedämpften Tons", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Απαλή αγάπη", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Pablo Sabat) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Calmes dans le demi-jour
Que les branches hautes font,
Pénétrons bien notre amour
De ce silence profond.

[Fondons]1 nos âmes, nos cœurs
Et nos sens extasiés,
Parmi les vagues langueurs
Des pins et des arbousiers.

Ferme tes yeux à demi,
Croise tes bras sur ton sein,
Et de ton cœur endormi
Chasse à jamais tout dessein.

Laissons-nous persuader
Au souffle berceur et doux
Qui vient, à tes pieds, rider
Les ondes des gazons roux.

Et quand, solennel, le soir
Des chênes noirs tombera
Voix de notre désespoir,
Le rossignol chantera.


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1 Fauré: "Mêlons"

Submitted by Didier Pelat

1. At dusk [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the French (Français)

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  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "En sourdine", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 21, first published 1869 CAT GER GER GER GRE SPA GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Marie Bellenger, Paul Bonneau, Bertha Busine, Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, John Alden Carpenter, René Chansarel, Reine Colaço Osorio-Swaab, Félipe Comas, Gérard Condé, Suzanne Coquelin, Claude Achille Debussy, Fidès Devriès, Alphons Diepenbrock, André Dulaurens, Frédéric d'Erlanger, Baron, dit Regnal, Gabriel Fauré, Félix-Alfred Fourdrain, Philippe Gaubert, Hercule Gilles de Fontenailles, Reynaldo Hahn, Robert Herberigs, Hugo Herrmann, Clayton Johns, C. F. Karthaus, Louise Koster, Eugène-Émile Lacroix, Raoul Laparra, Sylvio Lazzari, Xavier Henri Napoleon Leroux, Michel Maurice Lévy, dit Betove, Guy de Rougelot de Lioncourt, Charles Martin Tornov Loeffler, Gaston Marchet, Paul Michoudet, Hyppolyte Mirande, Marcel Noël, Héctor Panizza, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Irena Regina Poldowski, Léo Sachs, Gabriel de Saint-Quentin, Pierre Salet, Lazare Saminsky, Gaston Saux, P. Souhart, Marcel Stern, Jean.-P. Strauwen, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Marc Vaubourgouin, Bernard Wagenaar, Marguerite Wagnière. Go to the text.

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Softly, with the fading light
Thru' the branches glimmering,
All of our rapture is surging,
Breaking the silence profound.

Blending our souls and our hearts,
And blending all ecstasies;
One with the languor of dreams
Of pines and arbutus trees.

Close now your eyes unto peace;
Cross now your arms unto rest;
Now let your heart have repose,
Banish forever desire.

Let us rest and yield ourselves
To breezes so gentle and sweet,
Which blow in a rhythmic mirth
Thro' grasses and heather.

And when somber night descends
Down from the deep oaks of gray,
Like the voice of our despair
The nightingale chants a song.


Submitted by Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

2. May night [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the Dutch (Nederlands)

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Over the garden shines the moon;
Thru' the trees there's a whisper'd sigh;
Lonely lies the spreading lane
In the quiet night.

Branches quiver in azure light;
High the tops of the trees are all drawn
To the long, long panorama
of loveliness there.

Still I dream thru' the passage of time,
While the moon gives benison;
Now the land so blessed by her,
Calmly sleeps, calmly sleeps and waits.


Submitted by Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

3. Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FIN FIN FRE FRE ITA KOR NOR RUS RUS SPA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Estava immers en obscures vagueries", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 1996
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Hänen kuvansa", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dans des rêves sombres", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'étais plongé en de sombres rêveries", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Immagine di lei", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "그녀 모습", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ich stand in [dunkeln]1 Träumen
Und [starrte]2 ihr Bildniß an,
Und das geliebte Antlitz
Heimlich zu leben begann.
 
Um ihre Lippen zog sich
Ein Lächeln wunderbar,
Und wie von Wehmuthsthränen
Erglänzte ihr Augenpaar.
 
Auch meine Thränen flossen
Mir von den Wangen herab - 
Und ach, ich [kann es]3 nicht glauben,
Daß ich Dich verloren hab'!


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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von H. Heine. Hamburg bei Hoffmann und Campe. 1827, page 201; and with Reisebilder von H. Heine. Erster Theil. Hamburg, bey Hoffmann und Campe. 1826, page 27.

1 sometimes given as "dunklen"
2 Grieg, Schubert: "starrt'"
3 Grieg: "kann's"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

3. I stood in dreams of darkness [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, written 1823-24, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 23, first published 1826 CAT DUT FIN FIN FRE FRE ITA KOR NOR RUS RUS SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Károly Aggházy, Akhilles Nikolayevich Alferaki, Friedrich Angermann, Fritz Arlberg, Laura Valborg Aulin, Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, C. Becker, Rafael Behn, R. Benyovszky, Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, L. Bibl, Sigizmund Mikhailovich Blumenfel'd, Heinrich Böie, János Bókay, Leon Carolus Bouman, Gustav Brah-Müller, Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf, Theodor Bungard-Wasem, Karl Collan, G. A. Demidov, Otto Johann Anton Dütsch, Johann Wolfgang von Ehrenstein, Ludwig von Erlanger, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Carl Theodor Flodin, Adolph Martin Foerster, Rudolf Gernlein, Georg Geyger, Rich. Grelling, Edvard Grieg, F. Griessheim , Ferdinand Gumbert, F. B. Hamma, Ludwig Hartmann, Carl Hauer, J. Heinemann, Arthur Heinrich, Alfred Heller, Marie Hinrichs, Joseph Huber, Friedrich Wilhelm Jähns, Georg Joseph Japha, Armas Järnefelt, Gustav Jensen, Helene Kempner, Wilhelm Kienzl, Thomas Hague Kinsey, Henning Karl Adam von Koss, Carl Kossmaly, Heinz Kratochwil, Franz Krežma, Franz Paul Lachner, Julius Lammers, J. Leavitt, Leopold Lenz, W. J. Otto Lessmann, Mary Murray Lindner, Ernst Löwenberg, Johann Jakob Mendel, Johann Heinrich Conrad Molck, S. Morosov, Heinrich Neal, Victor Ernst Nessler, Ernst Otto Nodnagel, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Hermann Theobald Petschke, R. A. Pfennig, Carl Piutti, F. L. von Plessen, Gottfried Preyer, Heinrich Proch, Rudolf Radecke, Carl Alexander Raida, Martin Roeder, Jakob Rosenhain, Arthur Rosenstein, G. Scheller, Gustav Schmidt, Franz Peter Schubert, Edwin Schultz, Clara Schumann, Emil Sjögren, Frantisek Zdenek Xavier Alois Skuhersky, Arthur Smolian, Julius Salomon Sulzer, Wilhelm Taubert, Manfred Trojahn, L. Trost, Marie Vanden Heuvel, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Henri Viotta, Charles Voss, Bernard Wagenaar, Johannes Wendel, Alexander Winterberger, Gotthard Wöhler, Hugo Wolf, Gerhard Wuensch. Go to the text.

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I stood in dreams of darkness, 
And gazed at the likeness of her;
And that beloved vision
Gently began to stir;

Over her lips came creeping
A wonderful magic smile,
And as in sorrow breaking
Her eyes wept all the while.

And my tears too were flowing,
So that I could not see;
And oh! I cannot believe it,
That you are lost to me!


Submitted by Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor]

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