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Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein [Fichtenbaum]1 steht einsam
Im Norden auf kahler Höh';
Ihn schläfert; mit weißer Decke
Umhüllen ihn Eis und Schnee.

Er träumt von einer Palme,
Die fern im Morgenland,
Einsam und [schweigend]2 trauert
Auf brennender Felsenwand.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 137.

1 Biegeleben: "Tannenbaum"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Marx: "schweigsam"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "A spruce-tree stands alone", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "A fir-tree standing lonesome", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , appears in The Poems of Heine Complete, first published 1861
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , "Song", appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English [singable] (Arthur Westbrook) , "In northern land a pine-tree"
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 33, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sta un abete solitario", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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Sta un abete solitario

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Sta un abete solitario,
Al Nord, su nuda altura.
Dorme, con candido manto
lo avvolgono neve e gelo.

Sogna di una palma lontana
che sola, in terra d'oriente,
sta, silenziosa e triste,
sopra una roccia rovente.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Lyrisches Intermezzo, no. 33 CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE FRE NOR NOR RUS RUS RUS UKR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Frances Allitsen, née Bumpus, Albert Felix, Graf Amadei, Max Ansorge, Agathe Ursula Backer-Grøndahl, Hermann Behn, Emil Bezecný, A. von Biegeleben, Albrecht Blumenstengel, Wenzel Theodor Bradsky, Stephanie Brand-Vrabely, Gräfin Wurmbrand, Hans Guido, Freiherr von Bülow, Gerard Bunk, Hugo Dakon, Frederick Delius, Luisa Erdődy, née Drasche-Wartimberg, Countess, Kaeza Fearn, Alexander von Fielitz, Adolph Martin Foerster, Robert Franz, Paul Geisler, Edvard Grieg, Ludwig Grünberger, Friedrich Wilhelm Grund, Carl Friedrich August Hering, Robert Hermann, Konrad Heubner, Paul Hoppe, Carl Katzenberger, M. P. Kavelina, Ludwig Keller, Wilhelm Kempff, Guy de Kervéguen, Vicomte, Theodor Fürchtegott Kirchner, M. Krupka, Samuel de Lange, Rued Langgaard, Eduard Lassen, Franz Liszt, George W. Marston, Joseph Marx, Carl Matys, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Richard Pohl, Bruno Ramann, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Ernst Rudorff, Louis Samson, Hans Michael Schletterer, Robert Schwalm, Oliver P. H. Smith, Wilhelm Stehle, Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar, Theodor Streicher, Victor von Styrcea, Marcel Tyberg, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Waldemar, Severin Warteresiewicz, Bertha Frensel Wegener-Koopman, Julius Weismann, Joel Weiss, Moritz Weyermann, Friedrich von Wickede, Felix von Woyrsch, Max Zenger. Go to the text.


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