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Drei Gesänge nach Texten von Hermann Hesse für eine Stimme allein

Word count: 263

Song Cycle by Wilhelm Österreicher (b. 1906)

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1. Die Kindheit [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • 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"

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2. Gute Stunde [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The good hour", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Erdbeeren glühn im Garten
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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, pages 210-211.


3. Abends [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "In the evening", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le soir", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Abends gehn die Liebespaare
Langsam durch das Feld,
Frauen lösen ihre Haare,
Händler zählen Geld,
Bürger lesen bang das Neuste
In dem Abendblatt,
Kinder ballen kleine Fäuste,
Schlafen tief und satt.
Jeder tut das einzig Wahre,
Folgt erhabner Pflicht,
Säugling, Bürger, Liebespaare --
Und ich selber nicht?
 
Doch! Auch meiner Abendtaten,
Deren Sklav' ich bin,
Kann der Weltgeist nicht entraten,
Sie auch haben Sinn.
Und so geh ich auf und nieder,
Tanze innerlich,
Summe dumme Gassenlieder,
Lobe Gott und mich,
Trinke Wein und phantasiere,
Daß ich Pascha wär,
Fühle Sorgen an der Niere,
Lächle, trinke mehr,
Sage ja zu meinem Herzen
(Morgens geht es nicht),
Spinne aus vergangenen Schmerzen
Spielend ein Gedicht,
Sehe Mond und Sterne kreisen,
Ahne ihren Sinn,
Fühle mich mit ihnen reisen
Einerlei wohin.


Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 248-249.


Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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