Das treibende Blatt
Language: German (Deutsch)
Vor mir her getrieben
Weht ein welkes Blatt.
Wandern, Jungsein und Lieben
Seine Zeit [und sein]1 Ende hat.
Das Blatt irrt ohne Gleise
Wohin der Wind es will,
Hält erst in Wald und Moder still . . .
Wohin geht meine Reise?
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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 63.
1 Sometimes "auch ein"
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 Oskar Baumann , "Das treibende Blatt", op. 308 (Hermann Hesse-Lieder, 2. Folge) no. 2. [voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Karl Förster (1890 - 1952), "Das treibende Blatt", 1948 [high voice and piano], from Ernster Wanderer. Neun Gesänge für hohe Singstimme nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 8. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Hans Klenk (b. 1898), "Das treibende Blatt" [voice and string quartet] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Viktor Merz (1891 - ?), "Das treibende Blatt", published 1921 [voice and piano], from Sieben Lieder, no. 3. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Walter Müller von Kulm (1899 - 1967), "Das treibende Blatt", op. 9 no. 4, published 1948 [voice and piano], from Sieben Lieder nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 4. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by (Christian) Immo Schneider (b. 1935), "Das treibende Blatt", 1980. [voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Walter Steffens (b. 1934), "Das treibende Blatt", c1955 [four-part mixed chorus a cappella], from Lieder nach Gedichten von Hermann Hesse, no. 2. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Herbert Thienemann (1884 - 1963), "Das treibende Blatt", published 1931 [voice and guitar or lute], from Sonne im Herbst - Lieder zur Gitarre (Laute), no. 53. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Franz Xaver Zintl (1903 - 1987), "Das treibende Blatt", <<1949. [baritone and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The drifting leaf", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The drifting leaf", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La feuille au gré du vent", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Text added to the website: 2009-05-24.
Last modified: 2018-08-12 16:36:58
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The drifting leaf
Language: English after the German (Deutsch)
Headmost in wind's shoving
waves a wilted leaf.
Roaming, youth, and loving
stops: their time is brief.
Trackless leaves ascend, descend
wherever winds will stray,
only to stop in the woods, in decay.
Where will my journey end?
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Das treibende Blatt", written 1900 FRE
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Oskar Baumann, Karl Förster, Hans Klenk, Viktor Merz, Walter Müller von Kulm, Immo Schneider, Walter Steffens, Herbert Thienemann, Franz Xaver Zintl. Go to the text.
Text added to the website: 2010-03-26.
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