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Traume [sic] - Three Settings of Poems by Hermann Hesse

Word count: 156

Song Cycle by Philip Hammond

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1. Über die Felder [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Over the fields", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Über [den Himmel]1 Wolken [ziehn]2,
Über die Felder [geht]3 der Wind,
Über die Felder wandert
Meiner Mutter verlorenes Kind.

Über die Straße Blätter wehn,
Über den Bäumen Vögel schrein --
Irgendwo über den Bergen
Muß meine ferne Heimat sein.


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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 57.

1 Thide: "die Erde"
2 Kurig: "gehn"
3 Kurig: "weht"

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2. Frühlingstag [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Jour de printemps", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Wind im Gesträuch und Vogelpfiff
Und hoch im höchsten süßen Blau
Ein stilles, stolzes Wolkenschiff . . . 

Ich träume von einer blonden Frau,
Ich träume von meiner Jugendzeit,
Der hohe Himmel blau und weit
Ist meiner Sehnsucht Wiege,
Darin ich stillgesinnt
Und selig warm
Mit leisem Summen liege
So wie in seiner Mutter Arm
Ein Kind.


Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 216.


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3. Die Kindheit [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


[Du]1 bist, mein [fernes]2 Tal,
Verzaubert und versunken. 
Oft hast du mir in Not und Qual
Empor aus deinem Schattenland gewunken
Und deine Mädchenaugen aufgetan,
Daß ich entzückt in kurzem Wahn
Mich ganz zu dir zurück verlor. 

O dunkles Tor, 
O dunkle Todesstunde, 
Komm du heran, daß ich gesunde 
Und daß aus dieses Lebens Leere
Ich heim zu meinen Träumen kehre!


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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 195.

1 Schwarz: "O Kindheit, du"
2 Stier: "stilles"

Submitted by John Versmoren and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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