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Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen,
Das einst die Liebste sang,
[So will mir die Brust]1 zerspringen
[Vor]2 wildem [Schmerzendrang.]3

[Es treibt mich]4 ein dunkles Sehnen
Hinauf zur Waldeshöh',
Dort löst sich auf in Tränen
Mein übergroßes Weh'.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 145.

1 Meyerbeer: "Will mir das Herz"
2 Schumann: "Von"
3 Franz: "Schmerzensdrang"
4 Meyerbeer: "Mich treibt"

Submitted by René Slot and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Quan sento la cançoneta", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Jan Rot) , "Hoor nou 's wat ze zingen", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hoor ik het liedje zingen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Paul Hindemith) , "I hear the dear song sounding", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Kun kuulen laulun soivan", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 40, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Effimia Gianniou) , "Όταν ακούω το τραγούδι που", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Assaf Levitin) (Michal Levitin) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Sento risuonare la canzone", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , "Cuando escucho la canción", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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I hear the dear song sounding

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I hear the dear song sounding
That once my beloved sang.
And my heart wants to burst so strongly
From the savage pressure of pain.

A dark longing is driving me
Up into the heights of the woods
Where in my tears can be dissolved
My own colossal woe.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Lyrisches Intermezzo, no. 40 CAT DUT DUT FIN FRE FRE FRE GRE HEB IRI ITA NOR SPA CZE FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joseph Achron, Edward Agate, Algernon Bennet Langton Ashton, Max Ast, Paul Ayres, Constantin C. von Bach, Catharina Baum, Victor von Brasch, R. von Buddenbrock-Hettersdorff, Gerard Bunk, Cecil Coles, Hugo Dakon, Leopold Damrosch, L. Deland, Frederick Delius, G. A. Demidov, Louis Ehlert, Christian Friedrich Ehrlich, Nathan B. Emanuel, Ernst II, Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, Eugen Eschwege, O. Esfonde, Louis Fanzler, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Christian Fink, Th[eodor?] Fischer, Adolph Martin Foerster, Robert Franz, Richard Fricke, Siga Garsó, Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov, Grigoriev, Friedrich Wilhelm Grund, Alfred Grünfeld, Paul Grüttner, Victor Hansmann, Hans Harthan, Carl Heffner, J. Heinemann, Heinrich Henkel, Robert Hermann, Karl Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, Marie Hinrichs, Joseph Huber, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Friedrich Kiel, Bruno Oscar Klein, Oscar Kolbe, Gustav Adolf Kölla, Heinz Kratochwil, G. A. Lang, Per Lasson, Lavrov, F. Lemmer, Theodor Leschetizky, W. J. Otto Lessmann, Ernst Löwenberg, Ernest Nikolayevich Merten, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Ferdinand Möhring, Wilhelm Carl Mühldorfer, Paufler, Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, Alexander Salomonovich Rasmadse, Martin Roeder, Jakob Rosenhain, Adolf Schimon, Hermann Schreyer, Robert Schumann, Franz Joseph Schütky, L. Schwab, Pyotr Petrovich Sokalsky, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov, M. Spiro, Oscar Strasnoy, Jan Gerbrand Striening, Stschurovsky, Alajos Tarnay, O. Torsell, Berthold Tours, Anton Urspruch, F. Vargues, Franz Veit, Martin Völker, Franz Gerhard Wegeler, Heinrich Weidt, Joel Weiss, Wekschin, Maude Valérie White, August Daniel Ferdinand Victor Wilhelmj, Theodorus Leonardus van der Wurff. Go to the text.


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