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Acht Sätze nach Hölderlin-Fragmenten

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Song Cycle by Friedrich Cerha (b. 1926)

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1. Schönes Leben! du liegst krank, und das Herz ist mir [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): FRE RUS

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La bonne croyance", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Schönes Leben! du liegst krank, und das Herz ist mir
  Müd vom Weinen und schon dämmert die Furcht in mir,
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2. Doch uns ist gegeben [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA RUS

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó del destí", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hyperions noodlotslied", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright © 1995
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Hyperion's Song of Fate", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Hyperion's Song of Fate", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto del destino di Iperione", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Doch uns ist gegeben, Auf keiner Stätte zu ruh'n; Es schwinden, es fallen Die leidenden Menschen Blindlings von einer Stunde [zur]1 andern, Wie Wasser von Klippe Zu Klippe geworfen, Jahrlang in's Ungewisse hinab.

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Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin's Sämmtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Christoph Theodor Schwab, Erster Band: "Gedichte und Hyperion", Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1846, pages 122-123; note: the indentation shown above doesn't appear in this edition, but occurs in later editions.

Note: Hyperion is the title character of an unfinished novel in which Hölderlin wrote about the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks.

1 Cerha: "zu"

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3. Es kommen Stunden, wo das erschütterte [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Es kommen Stunden, wo das erschütterte
Gepreßte Herz umsonst in der Hoffnung Land
Sich flüchtet, wo umsonst die erzenen
Waffen die Weisheit entgegenstemmt.


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4. Wie wenn die alten Wässer in andrem Zorn [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Wie wenn die alten Wässer in andrem Zorn
In schrecklichem, verwandelt wieder
Kämen, zu reinigen, da es Not war.


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5. Die Linien des Lebens sind verschieden [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE FRE

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Les línies de la vida", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Les lignes de la vie", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Die Linien des Lebens sind verschieden,
Wie Wege sind, und wie der Berge Grenzen.
Was hier wir sind, kann dort ein Gott ergänzen
Mit Harmonien und ewigen Lohn und Frieden.


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6. Und unstet wehn und irren, dem Chaos gleich [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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Und unstet wehn und irren, dem Chaos gleich,
Dem gärenden Geschlechte die Wünsche nach,
Und wild ist und verzagt und kalt von
Sorgen das Leben der Armen immer.


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7. Mit gelben Birnen hänget [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT CZE ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE IRI RUS

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La meitat de la vida", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The middle of life", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Midlife", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le milieu de la vie", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Mi-temps de la vie", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , "Leath an tSaoil", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Mit gelben Birnen hänget
Und voll mit wilden Rosen
Das Land in den See,
Ihr holden Schwäne,
Und trunken von Küssen
[[Tunkt]1 ihr das Haupt
Ins heilignüchterne Wasser.]2

Weh mir, wo nehm' ich, wenn
Es Winter ist, die Blumen, und wo
Den Sonnenschein,
Und Schatten der Erde?
Die Mauern [stehn]3
Sprachlos und kalt, im Winde
Klirren die Fahnen.


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1 Müller: "Taucht"
2 omitted by Ligeti
3 Cerha: "stehen"

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8. So Füllen oder Garten dir labend ward [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: German (Deutsch)

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[So Füllen oder Garten dir labend ward, Ratschlagend, Herzens wegen; wo bist du, Licht?]1 Das Herz ist wieder wach, doch herzlos Zieht die gewaltige Nacht mich immer.
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