Language: German (Deutsch)
Kannst du mir sagen,
Einsam und stumm]1
Immer sich quälen,
Selbst sich [betrügen]2,
Und ihr Vergnügen
Immer nur [ahnden]3,
Da wo sie nicht sind?
Kannst du mir's sagen,
Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA RUS
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Confirmed with J.W. Goethe, Claudine von Villa Bella, Ein Schauspiel mit Gesang, Berlin: bey August Mylius, 1776, page 68.
1 Brahms, Bruch, Neefe, and some others: "Warum einsam und stumm /
2 Brahms: "betrüben"
3 Brahms, Bruch: "ahnen"
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)
- by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "Serenade", op. 70 (Vier Gesänge) no. 3, published 1877 [voice and piano], Berlin, Simrock [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Max Bruch (1838 - 1920), "Frage", subtitle: "Lied des Rugentino", op. 49 (Lieder und Gesänge) no. 1 (<<1882), published 1882. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880 - 1951), "Aus Claudine von Villa-Bella", op. 6 no. 5 (1904-5), also set in Russian (Русский) [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Hans Georg Nägeli (1773 - 1836), "Ungewissheit", 1800-10. [voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Christian Gottlob Neefe (1748 - 1798), "Anhang", subtitle: "Serenate, aus Claudine von Villa Bella", published 1777 [voice and piano], from Serenaten beym Klavier zu singen, no. 7, Leipzig: Zu finden in der Dykischen Buchhandlung [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752 - 1814), "Aus Claudine von Villa Bella", published 1781. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist DUT ENG FRE ITA by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.
Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Serenade (Lieftallig kind)", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Lovely child, can you tell me", copyright ©
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Mia cara fanciulla", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Mia cara fanciulla
Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)
Mia cara fanciulla,
sai dirmi perché,
solitarie e mute,
continuano a tormentarsi
e ad affliggersi,
di trovare la gioia
solo là dove non sono;
sai dirmi perché,
fanciulla mia cara?
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