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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Piano and violin, which I truly value
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1 Gromann: "I well know how to value piano and violin, / But I"
2 Gromann: "To be sure"
3 The above is a literal translation. Hesse is, however, using an idiom here. "Auf jemanden zu pfeifen" means not to give a d*** about them.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 by Sharon Krebs

Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Pfeifen", written 1927, appears in Verse im Krankenbett, no. 2, copyright ©
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Leni Gromann, Franz Krause, Rudolf Mauersberger, Othmar Schoeck, Wolfgang Steffen, Justus Hermann Wetzel. Go to the text.


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