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Das Gesetz der Quadrille

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das Gesetz der Quadrille ist klar,
alle Tänzer kennen es,
es gilt für alle Zeiten.
Aber irgendeine der Zufälligkeiten des Lebens
die nie geschehen dürften,
aber immer wieder geschehn
bringt Dich allein zwischen die Reihen.
Vielleicht verwirren sich dadurch
auch die Reihen selbst,
aber das weißt Du nicht,
Du weißt nur von Deinem Unglück.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La règle du quadrille", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-06-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:28
Line count: 11
Word count: 54

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La règle du quadrille

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

La règle du quadrille est claire,
tous les danseurs la connaissent,
elle est valable pour toutes les époques;
Mais certains des hasards de la vie
qui ne devraient jamais arriver,
mais qui arrivent toujours
t'amènent seul entre les rangs.
Peut-être que cela dérange ainsi
Les rangs eux-mêmes,
mais tu ne le sais pas,
Tu connais seulement ta malchance.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924), "Das Gesetz der Quadrille"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gary Bachlund, Alexander Goehr. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-01-03.
Last modified: 2017-02-16 14:15:08
Line count: 11
Word count: 58