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Flügelt ein kleiner blauer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Flügelt ein kleiner blauer
Falter vom Wind geweht,
Ein perlmutterner Schauer,
Glitzert, flimmert, vergeht.
So mit Augenblicksblinken,
So im Vorüberwehn
Sah ich das Glück mir winken,
Glitzern, flimmern, [vergehn]1.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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, pages 307-308.

1 Schoeck: "verwehn"

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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):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Farfalla blu", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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A little blue butterfly is

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A little blue butterfly is
Sailing, blown by the wind,
A mother-of-pearl shiver,
Sparkles, shimmers, vanishes.
Thus with momentary gleaming,
Thus in wafting past,
I saw happiness beckoning me,
Sparkling, shimmering, [vanishing]1.

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Translations of title(s):
"Blaue Falter" = "Blue butterfly"
"Schmetterling" = "Butterfly"
"Blauer Schmetterling" = "Blue butterfly"

1 Schoeck: "fading away"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Blauer Schmetterling", written 1927 FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wolfgang Rolf Ackermann, Oskar Baumann, Ernst Beckert, Michael Brough, Herbert Brust, Walter Buschmann, Helene Regina Dehner, Gottfried von Einem, Karl Förster, Albert Gorter, Günter Habicht, Heinz-Otto Hoffmann, Bertold Hummel, G. Jaffe, Franz Krause, Georg Krietsch, Hans-Hermann Kurig, Wilhelm Lache, Richard Mader, Otto Mayer, Hans Nahme, Johannes Nørgaard, Willi Nöther, Wolfgang Puchelt, Günter Raphael, Friedrich Riepe, Hermann Ruck, Immo Schneider, Othmar Schoeck, Irmi Schumann, Frank Steiner, Erich Stockmayer, Karl Heinz Taubert, Siegfried Thide, Justus Hermann Wetzel, Heinz Zabel. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-02-28.
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