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Trakl Songs I

Word count: 455

Song Cycle by Wilhelm Killmayer (1927 - 2017)

Original language: Trakl-Lieder I

1.

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "An Novalis (2. Fassung)"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Killmayer. Go to the text.

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In dark earth the sacred stranger rests.
From a delicate bud
the divine spirit grew in the youth.
the drunken music of the strings,
and fell silent in promising blossom.


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2. Summer

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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At night-fall the cuckoo’s wail
subsides in the woods.
Deeper bends down the corn,
the red poppy.

Black thunderstorm’s threat
o’er the hilltop.
The old song of the cricket
dies in the field.

No longer the chestnut’s
foliage stirs.
On the spiral staircase
your dress rustles.

Calmly the candle gives light
in the dark chamber;
a silvery hand
extinguished it;
windless and starless night.


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3. A winter evening

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Ein Winterabend", appears in Der Herbst des Einsamen, 2. Fassung FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Friedhelm Döhl, Gordon Kerry, Wilhelm Killmayer, Wilhelm Petersen, Josef Schelb, Thomas Schubert, Rudi Spring, Jan Stuten, Anton von Webern. Go to the text.

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When the snow falls ’gainst the panes, 
long the evening bell is ringing, 
many find a well-laid table 
and their matters well arranged. 

Many a man who roams about
finds the gate on murky pathways. 
Golden blooms the tree of mercy
from the cool sap of the earth. 

Wanderer, step in, be still; 
Pain has petrified the threshold. 
There are - chaste in radiance gleaming -
on the table bread and wine.


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4. Sonja

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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Evening sinks on ancient garden;
Sonja’s being, deep blue stillness.
Birds of passage on their wanderings;
balding tree in autumn stillness.

Sunflow’r, bent in gentle manner 
over Sonja’s life of whiteness.
Wound, still red and ne’er revealèd,
makes her live in darkened chambers,

where the azure bells are ringing;
Sonja’s step and gentle stillness.
Dying beast greets in deceasing,
balding tree in autumn stillness.

Sun of bygone days is gleaming
over Sonja’s brows of whiteness,
snowflakes, that her cheeks have moistened
and her wildly growing brows.


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5. Summer's decline

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2010 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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The verdant summer has been growing
so muted, your countenance of crystal.
By the vespertine pond the flowers died,
an alarmed blackbird's call.

In vain is the hope of life. Prepared is
the swallow at home for its journey
and the sun is sinking by the hill;
night beckons to travel to the stars. 

Silence in hamlets. Around resound
the deserted forests. Heart,
bend now with deeper love
over the placidly sleeping girl.

The verdant summer has been growing
so muted, and the stranger's footstep
is ringing through the silvery night.
Would a blue deer think of his pathways,
the concord of his spiritual years!


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5. In Spring

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Im Frühling", appears in Sebastian im Traum FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Walter Abendroth, Friedhelm Döhl, Wilhelm Killmayer, Josef Schelb, Jan Stuten. Go to the text.

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Softly the snow was sinking from dark steps,
in the tree’s shadow
lovers raise their rosy eyelids. 

Ever star and night
follow the boatmen’s dark calls;
and the oars beat quietly keeping time. 

Soon by the dilapidated wall
violets blossom,
so silently the lonely one’s temple turns green.


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7.

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Schwesters Garten (2. Fassung)" FRE
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In sister’s garden still and calm
a blue, a red from flowers late
her step has turnèd white.
A blackbird’s cry, astray and late,
in sister’s garden still and calm;
an angel has arisen.


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8. Fragment 11

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914), "Fragment 11" FRE
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Snowy night!
You dark sleepers
beneath the bridge
from your broken brow
crystal sweat is dripping.


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