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Acht frühe Lieder

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Song Cycle by Anton von Webern (1883 - 1945)

Norwegian (Bokmål) translation: Åtte tidlige sanger
French (Français) translation: Huit chants de jeunesse
English translation: Eight early songs (Michael P. Rosewall)

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1. Tief von fern [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE NOR

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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Downward from afar", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Venant de loin", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Dypt fra det fjerne", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Aus des Abends weißen Wogen
taucht ein Stern;
[still]1 von fern
kommt der [blasse]2 Mond gezogen.

[Fern, ach fern]3
aus des Morgens grauen Wogen,
langt der [stille]4 blasse Bogen
nach dem Stern.


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1 Webern: "tief"
2 Webern: "junge"
3 Webern: "Tief von fern,"
4 Webern: "große"

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2. Aufblick [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE NOR POL

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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Prospect from above", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Regard vers le haut", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Blikk oppover", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Über unsre Liebe hängt
eine tiefe Trauerweide.
Nacht und Schatten um uns beide.
Unsre Stirnen sind gesenkt.

Wortlos sitzen wir im Dunkeln.
Einstmals rauschte hier ein Strom,
einstmals sahn wir Sterne funkeln.

Ist denn Alles tot und trübe?
Horch: -- ein ferner Mund -- vom Dom:

Glockenchöre... Nacht ... und Liebe...


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3. Blumengruß [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE FRE GRE ITA NOR

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The bouquet that I have picked", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Floral greeting", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Salutation des fleurs", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Catherine Beloin) , "Salut de fleurs", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Saluto floreale", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Blomsterhilsen", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Der Strauß, den ich [gepflücket]1,
[Grüße]2 dich viel tausendmal!
Ich [habe]3 mich oft gebücket,
Ach, wohl eintausendmal,
Und ihn ans Herz gedrücket
[Wie]4 hunderttausendmal!


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1 Curschmann, Wolf, Zelter: "gepflückt"
2 Hiller: "Grüss' "
3 Graener, Hiller: "hab' "
4 Webern: "Viel"

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4. Bild der Liebe [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): FRE NOR

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Image d'amour", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Kjærlighetsbilde", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Vom Wald umgeben
Ein Blütenbaum -
So lacht ins Leben
Der Liebe Traum,
Ihm nah verbunden
Und fern zugleich,
Bis er entschwunden
Dem Zauberreich.


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5. Sommerabend [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE NOR

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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Summer evening", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Soir d'été", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Sommerkveld", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Du Sommerabend! Heilig, goldnes Licht!
In sanftem Glühen steht die Flur entzündet.
Kein Laut, der dieses Friedens Lauschen bricht,
in ein Gefühl ist alles hingemündet.

Auch meine Seele sehnt sich nach der Nacht
und nach des Dunkels taugeperltem Steigen
und will nur lauschen, wie in Rosenpracht
die dunklen Himmelsstunden leuchtend schweigen.


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6. Heiter [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE IRI NOR

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El meu cor és tan gran com un llac", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Bonheur", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Munter", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Mein Herz ist wie ein See so weit,
Drin lacht dein [Antlitz]1 sonnenlicht
In tiefer süßer Einsamkeit,
Wo leise Well' an Well' sich bricht.

Ist's Nacht, ist's Tag? Ich weiß es nicht,
Lacht doch auf mich so lieb und lind
Dein [sonnenlichtes]2 [Angesicht]3
Und selig bin ich wie ein Kind.


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Confirmed with Gedichte und Sprüche von Friedrich Nietzsche,Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von C.G. Naumann, 1901, page 23.

1 Orff: "Auge"
2 Thomas: "sonnenhelles"
3 Orff: "Augenlicht"

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7. Der Tod [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE NOR

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  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Ah, it is so dark in Death's chamber", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Death", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La mort", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Døden", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ach, es ist so dunkel in des Todes Kammer,
Tönt so traurig, wenn er sich bewegt
Und nun aufhebt seinen schweren Hammer
Und die Stunde schlägt.


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8. Heimgang in der Frühe [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE NOR

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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Going home in the early hours", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Rentrant tôt le matin", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "På tidlig hjemvei", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


In der Dämmerung,
Um Glock' zwei, Glock' dreie,
Trat ich aus der Tür
In die Morgenweihe.

Klanglos liegt der Weg,
Und die Bäume schweigen,
Und das Vogellied
Schläft noch in den Zweigen.

Hör ich hinter mir
Sacht ein Fenster schließen?
Will mein strömend Herz
Übers Ufer fließen?

Sieht mein Sehnen nur
Blond und blaue Farben?
Himmelsrot und Grün
Samt den andern starben.

Ihrer Augen Blau
Küßt die Wölkchenherde,
Und ihr blondes Haar
Deckt die ganze Erde.

Was die Nacht mir gab,
Wird mich lang durchbeben;
Meine Arme weit
Fangen Lust und Leben.

Eine Drossel weckt
Plötzlich aus den Bäumen,
Und der Tag erwacht
Still aus Liebesträumen.


Submitted by Jeroen Scholten

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