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Drei Chöre mit verschiedener Besetzung nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse

Word count: 148

Song Cycle by Walter Steffens (b. 1934)

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1. Allein [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Alone", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Seul", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


[Es führen über die Erde]1 
Straßen und Wege viel,
Aber alle haben 
Dasselbe Ziel.

Du kannst reiten und fahren 
Zu zweien und zu drein,
Den letzten Schritt mußt du
Gehen allein.

Drum ist kein Wissen 
[Noch]2 Können so gut,
Als daß man alles Schwere 
Alleine tut.


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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 170.

1 Steinert: "Über die Erde führen"
2 Kilpinen: "Und"

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2. Welkes Blatt [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG

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Jede Blüte will zur Frucht
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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 324.


3. Spätblau [ sung text checked 1 time]

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O reine, [wundervolle]1 Schau,
Wenn du aus Purpurrot und Gold
Dich ebnest friedvoll, ernst und hold,
Du leuchtendes Späthimmelblau!

Du mahnst an eine blaue See,
Darauf das Glück vor Anker hält
Zu seliger Rast. Vom Ruder fällt
Der letzte Tropfen Erdenweh.


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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 53.

1 I. Schneider: "wunderbare"

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