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Die Jungfrau schläft in der Kammer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Jungfrau schläft in der Kammer,
der Mond schaut zitternd [hinein]1;
da draußen singt es und klingt es,
wie Walzermelodein.

"Ich will mal schaun aus dem Fenster,
wer drunten stört meine Ruh."
Da steht ein Totengerippe,
und fiedelt und singt dazu:

"Hast einst [mir den Tanz]2 versprochen,
und hast gebrochen dein Wort,
und heut ist Ball auf dem Kirchhof,
komm mit, wir tanzen dort."

Die Jungfrau ergreift es gewaltig,
es lockt sie hervor aus dem Haus;
sie folgt dem Gerippe, das singend
und fiedelnd schreitet voraus.

Es fiedelt und tänzelt und hüpfet,
und klappert mit seinem Gebein,
und nickt und nickt mit dem Schädel
unheimlich im Mondenschein.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE

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1 Schreiter: "herein"
2 Schreiter: "den Tanz mir"

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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, adaptations, or excerpts:

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33

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Word count: 107

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La pucelle dort dans sa chambre

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

La pucelle dort dans sa chambre,
La lune y entre en tremblant ;
Dehors on chante et on sonne,
C'est comme un air de valse.

« Je voudrais bien voir par la fenêtre,
Qui en bas dérange mon repos. »
Il y a là un squelette,
Qui joue du violon et chante ainsi :

« Tu m'as un jour promis une danse,
Et tu n'as pas tenu parole,
Et aujourd'hui il y a bal au cimetière,
Viens avec moi, nous y danserons. »

Il saisit la pucelle avec vigueur ,
Il l'attire hors de la maison ;
Elle suit le squelette qui en chantant
Et en jouant du violon la devance.

Il joue du violon, et danse et sautille,
Et fait claquer ses ossements,
Et hoche et hoche le crâne,
Inquiétant dans le clair de lune.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 22 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Karl Oskar Alwin, Franz Blumenberg, Hermann Drechsler, L. Engel, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Sigismund Goldschmidt, Ernst Kölz, Franz Paul Lachner, Richard Levitt, E. van der Leyen, Moses Pergament, N. Potolovskii, Alfred Reisenauer, Anton Rückauf, L. Sadler, Winfried Schreiter, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-04-01 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-09-10 19:24:22

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