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Cigánské melodie

Word count: 276

Song Cycle by Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904)

German (Deutsch) translation: Zigeunermelodien
English translation: Gypsy Songs (Gayle Royko Heuser)
Italian (Italiano) translation: Canzoni zingaresche

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1. Má píseň zas mi láskou zní [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Czech (Čeština) after the Czech (Čeština)

Translation(s): ENG FRE GER GER ITA

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "My song resounds with love", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Il mio canto risuona, un salmo d'amore", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Má píseň zas mi láskou zní,
když starý den umirá,
a chudý mech kdy na šat svůj
si tajně perle sbíra.

Má píseň v kraj tak toužně zní,
když svetem noha bloudí;
jen rodné pusty dálinou
zpěv volně z ňader proudí.

Má píseň hlučně láskou zní,
když bouře běží plání;
když těším se, že bídy prost
dlí bratr v umírání.


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2. Aj! Kterak trojhranec můj přerozkošně zvoní [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Czech (Čeština) after the Czech (Čeština)

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "Ah! Why is my three-cornered bell ringing?", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Oh, come suona magnifico il mio triangolo!", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Aj! Kterak trojhranec můj přerozkošně zvoní,
jak cigána píseň, když se k smrti kloní!
Když se k smrti kloní, trojhran mu vyzvání.
Konec písni, tanci, lásce, bědování.
Konec písni, tanci, lásce, bědování.


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3. A les je tichý kolem kol [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Czech (Čeština) after the Czech (Čeština)

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "The forest is quiet all around", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Tutt' intorno il bosco è silenzioso e quieto", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


A les je tichý kolem kol,
jen srdce mír ten ruší,
a černý kouř, jenž spěchá v dol,
mé slze v lících, mé slze suší.

Však nemusí jich usušit,
necht' v jiné tváře bije.
Kdo v smutku může zazpívat,
ten nezhynul, ten žije, ten žije!


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4. Když mne stará matka zpívat, zpívat učívala [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Czech (Čeština) after the Czech (Čeština)

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "When my old mother taught me to sing", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Thomas Heck) , "When my mother taught me to sing", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Quando la mia vecchia madre ancora mi insegnava a cantare", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) [singable] (Thomas Heck) , "Quando mia vecchia madre", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Když mne stará matka zpívat, zpívat učívala,
podivno, že často, často slzívala.
A ted' také pláčem snědé líce mučim,
když cigánské děti hrát a zpívat učim!


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5. Struna naladěna [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Czech (Čeština) after the Czech (Čeština)

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "The string is taut!", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Le corde (sono) accordate, ragazzo; balla in tondo!", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Struna naladěna,
hochu, toč se v kole,
dnes, snad dnes převysoko,
zejtra, zejtra, zejtra zase dole!

Pozejtří u Nilu 
za posvátným stolem;
struna již, struna naladěna,
hochu, toč, hochu, toč se kolem!


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6. Široké rukávy a široké gatě [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Czech (Čeština) after the Czech (Čeština)

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "Wide sleeves", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Nella larga, ariosa veste di lino", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Široké rukávy a široké gatě
volnější cigánu nežli dolman v zlatě.
Dolman a to zlato bujná prsa svírá;
pod ním volná píseň násilně umírá.
A kdo raduješ se, tvá kdy píseň v květě,
přej si, aby zašlo zlato v celém světě!


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7. Dejte klec jestřábu ze zlata ryzého; [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Czech (Čeština) after the Czech (Čeština)

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  • ENG English (Gayle Royko Heuser) (Anna Majtas Royko) , "Given a cage of gold", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Maria Rita De Matteis) , "Potendo il falco volare intorno alle cime dei monti Tatra", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Dejte klec jestřábu ze zlata ryzého;
nezmění on za ni hnízda trněného.
Komoni bujnému, jenž se pustou žene,
zřídka kdy připnete uzdy a třemene.
A tak i cigánu příroda cos dala:
k volnosti ho věčným poutem, k volnosti ho upoutala.


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