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Music, when soft voices die

Language: English

Music, when soft voices die,	
Vibrates in the memory;
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heaped for the belovèd's bed;
And so [thy]1 thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER RUS

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1 Bridge: "my"

Submitted by Ted Perry


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

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Martin Stock) , "Musik, wenn leise Stimmen ersterben ...", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Musik, deren Klang verebbt

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Musik, deren Klang verebbt, 
in unsern Herzen weiterlebt -
Veilchendüfte, sich verströmend
leben fort, den Sinn betörend.

Rosenblättlein, abgepflückt,
vieltausendfach Dein Lager schmückt.
So soll auf Deinem Denken, Tun,
bist Du einst tot, die Liebe ruhn.

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  • Singable translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2018 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 English by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822), "To ----", appears in Posthumous Poems, first published 1824 FRE RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Emil Gustave Ahnell, George Aitken, Gilbert A. Alcock, Edward Allen, William Henry Anderson, George Benjamin Arnold, Gary Bachlund, Welbore St. Clair Baddeley, Judith Margaret Bailey, Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir, Seymour Barab, Alice Barnett, Katherine Barry, T. Harold R. Bayley, Mary Lane Bayliff, Edward Bement, George John Bennett, Arthur Bergh, Maurice Besly, Alfred Blume, N. Bradshaw, H. L. Brainard, Havergal Brian, Frank Bridge, Percy Carter Buck, Sir, R. Burnham, Gerald Busby, Geoffrey Bush, Eugene Sanders Butler, Noble Cain, Frederick Handel Candlyn, Stephen Chatman, Rebecca Clarke, Henry Dixon Cowell, David Leo Diamond, Blair Fairchild, Richard Bruce Faith, Otto Freudenthal, Ernest Gold, Joseph Kaufer, Libby Larsen, Liza Lehmann, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Quincy C. Porter, Humphrey Procter-Gregg, Michael Purves-Smith, Roger Quilter, Betty Roe, Henk van der Vliet, Peter Warlock. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2018-01-25.
Last modified: 2018-01-25 21:10:43
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