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Zur Drossel sprach der Fink

Language: German (Deutsch)

Zur Drossel sprach der Fink:
"Komm mit, liebe Drossel, komm' eilig, komm' flink!
Heut' tanzen die Blumen im moosglatten Wald,
Komm' mit, liebe Drossel, komm' eilig, komm' bald!
Wir setzen uns auf die Aeste,
Und [musiziren]1 zum Feste,
Und schauen zu, wie sie tanzen, von fern--
Ich habe die Blumen so gern!"
Da flogen zum Walde die zwei;
Wie flogen sie eilig um Walde, juchhei!
"Frisch auf!" rief der Fink, als die Blumen er sah;
"So tanzet nun, Drossel und Fink sind da!"

Und Fink und Drossel singen,
Die Blumen [hold sich umschlingen]2,
Und tanzen froh über Thal und Höhn--
Wie tanzten die Blumen so schön!
Und als der Tanz nun aus,
Da flogen der Fink und die Drossel nach Haus,
Die Blumen [auch]3 schlossen die Kelchblätter zu,
Und [gingen nach fröhlichem Tanze zur]4 Ruh'.

Als Fink und Drossel sich schieden,
So recht von Herzen zufrieden,
Da rief der lustige Fink noch von fern:
"Ich habe die Blumen so gern!"

Translation(s): CAT ENG ITA

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Peter Cornelius, eingeleitet von Adolf Stern, Leipzig: C.F. Kahnt Nachfolger, 1890, pages 83-84

1 d’Albert : "musiciren"
2 d’Albert : "den Reigen schlingen"
3 Omitted by d’Albert
4 d’Albert : "hielten nach fröhlichem Tage nun"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , no title CAT ITA ; composed by Eugen d'Albert.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El pinsà digué al tord", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Al tordo parlò il fringuello", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-11-25 13:44:55

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Al tordo parlò il fringuello

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

Al tordo parlò il fringuello: 
"Vieni, caro tordo, andiamo, presto!"
Oggi danzano i fiori nel bosco coperto di muschio, 
vieni, caro tordo, andiamo, presto!"

Stiamo sui rami, 
e facciamo musica alla festa 
e vediamo come ballano, da lontano,
a me piacciono tanto i fiori!"

Volano nel bosco i due; 
e come volano veloci, evviva!
"Su, fiori!", esclama il fringuello appena li vede, 
"ora danzate: il tordo e il fringuello sono qua!"

E il tordo e il fringuello cantano, 
i fiori intrecciano danze in cerchio 
per tutta la valle e la collina:
come danzano bene i fiori!

E quando finisce la danza, 
il fringuello e il tordo se ne tornano a casa;
i fiori chiudono i petali e si riposano, 
dopo il giorno di allegria.

Quando il fringuello e il tordo si separano, 
così contenti in cuore,
grida la lieta allodola da lontano: 
"A me piacciono tanto i fiori!" 

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874), "Ich habe die Blumen so gern" CAT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Eugen d'Albert, Hans Bronsart, Clemens Erwein Heinrich Karl Bonaventura Freiherr von und zu Franckenstein, Luise Adolpha Le Beau, Max Meyer-Olbersleben. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-05-28 00:00:00.

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