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Um Mitternacht, wenn die Menschen erst...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Um Mitternacht, wenn die Menschen [erst]1 schlafen,
[Dann]2 scheinet uns der Mond,
[Dann]2 leuchtet uns der Stern,
Wir wandeln und singen,
Und tanzen erst gern.

Um Mitternacht, wenn die Menschen [erst]1 schlafen,
Auf Wiesen an den Erlen
Wir suchen unsern Raum,
Und wandeln und singen
Und tanzen einen Traum.

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE FRE RUS

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Poem headed by:
   ...Der Mond ist unendlich schön, 
   Ich bin durch die neuen Wege gelaufen 
   da sieht die Nacht himmlisch drein. Die Elfen sangen.
1 omitted by Wolff
2 Wolff: "Da"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG RUS ; composed by Dorel Handman.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG FRE ; composed by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.

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

  • ENG English [singable] (A. Rosenthal) , "The fairies sang"
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Song of the elves"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant des elfes", 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 10:01:30

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Chant des elfes

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

À minuit, quand les hommes dorment avant tout,
La lune brille sur nous,
Les étoiles nous éclairent,
Nous errons et chantons,
Et dansons avant tout.

À minuit, quand les hommes dorment avant tout,
Dans les prairies, près des aulnes,
Nous cherchons notre endroit
Et errons et chantons,
Et dansons un rêve.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2009 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), no title, from Briefe an Charlotte Stein ENG ENG RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Robert Kahn, Julius Kniese, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Friedrich Niggli, Margarete Voigt-Schweikert, Karl Weigl, Julius Weismann, Erich J. Wolff, Alexander Zemlinsky, Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-08-22 00:00:00.

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