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Die geheimnisvolle Flöte

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Chinese (中文)

An einem Abend, da die Blumen dufteten
Und alle Blätter an den Bäumen, trug der Wind mir
Das Lied einer entfernten Flöte zu. Da schnitt
Ich einen Weidenzweig vom Strauche, und
Mein Lied flog, Antwort gebend, durch die blühende Nacht.
Seit jenem Abend hören, wann die Erde schläft,
Die Vögel ein Gespräch in ihrer Sprache.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE FRE

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Die chinesische Flöte. Nachdichtungen chinesischer Lyrik, Band 1, YinYang Media Verlag. ISBN 3-9806799-5-0.
Note: this text is still copyright in the EU by YinYang Media Verlag.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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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)

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Jules Schürmann (1873 - 1927) , from Chineesche verzen, published 1916 GER FRE by M. C. C. Reynvaan.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Franz Toussaint (1879 - 1955) , title 1: "Les deux flûtes" [an adaptation] DUT GER by Manuel M. Ponce.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The mysterious flute", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Mrs. Bertram Shapleigh) , title 1: "The Mysterious Flute"
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Michel Dimitri Calvocoressi) , title 1: "La Flûte mystérieuse"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La flûte mystérieuse", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-12-09.
Last modified: 2014-08-11 20:50:15
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The Mysterious Flute

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Upon an ev'ning when the flow'rs their perfume shed
and all the leaves upon the branches, came the song of a flute
out of the distance borne to me.  A branch I quickly
severed from the willow and my song replied
in answer through the silence of the night.
And since that ev'ning list'ning, when the world's at rest,
The birds read our hearts, we speak their language.

From the Sjögren edition.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hans Bethge (1876 - 1946), appears in Die chinesische Flöte [an adaptation] DUT FRE FRE FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hans Altmann, Gottfried von Einem, Léonard Pieter Joseph Michielsen, Julius Röntgen, James Simon, Emil Sjögren, Rudolf Wagner-Régeny, Anton von Webern. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2008-02-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:36
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