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Ich bin der wohlbekannte Sänger

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich bin der [wohlbekannte]1 Sänger,
Der vielgereiste Rattenfänger,
Den diese altberühmte Stadt
Gewiß besonders nöthig hat;
Und wären's Ratten noch so viele,
Und wären Wiesel mit im Spiele;
Von allen säubr' ich diesen Ort,
Sie müssen mit einander fort.

Dann ist der gut gelaunte Sänger
Mitunter auch ein Kinderfänger,
Der selbst die wildesten bezwingt,
Wenn er die goldnen Mährchen singt.
Und wären Knaben noch so trutzig,
Und wären Mädchen noch so stutzig,
In meine Saiten greif' ich ein,
Sie müssen alle hinter drein.

Dann ist der vielgewandte Sänger
Gelegentlich ein Mädchenfänger;
In keinem Städtchen langt er an,
Wo er's nicht mancher angethan.
Und wären Mädchen noch so blöde,
Und wären Weiber noch so spröde;
Doch allen wird so liebebang
Bei Zaubersaiten und Gesang.
           (Von Anfang.)


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA TUR

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 200-201; and with Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1804, Herausgegeben von Wieland und Goethe, Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, pages 148-149.

1 Methfessel: "weitgereiste"; further changes may exist not noted.

Submitted by Emily Ezust and Peter Rastl

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Sílvia Pujalte Piñán) , "El caçador de rates", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De rattenvanger", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le chasseur de rats", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il cacciatore di topi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • TUR Turkish (Türkçe) (Gül Sabar) , "Fare Avcısı", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

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Il cacciatore di topi

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

Io sono il famoso cantore,
il cacciatore di topi che ha tanto viaggiato,
del quale questa illustre città
certo ha gran bisogno.
E se ci sono molti topi
e anche molte donnole in gioco,
da tutti ripulisco questo luogo,
devono venire via con me.

Poi questo allegro cantore
è anche cacciatore di bambini,
e conquista anche i più vivaci
quando canta favole d'oro.
E se i bambini sono testardi,
se le bambine sono restie,
appena tocco le mie corde,
tutti devono seguirmi.

Poi questo bravo cantore
è con piacere cacciatore di ragazze,
non giunge in nessuna cittadina
senza averne conquistata qualcuna.
E se le ragazze sono ingenue,
se le donne sono ritrose,
tutte però si innamorano
al canto e al suono delle magiche corde.


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2006 by Amelia Maria Imbarrato, (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 German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Der Rattenfänger", first published 1804 CAT DUT ENG FRE TUR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ludwig Berger, Nikolaus, Freiherr von Krufft, Friedrich Methfessel, Emil Naumann, Victor Ernst Nessler, Louis Schlottmann, Franz Peter Schubert, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2006-01-18.
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