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Es fällt ein Stern herunter

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es fällt ein Stern herunter
Aus seiner funkelnden Höh;
Das ist der Stern der Liebe,
Den ich dort fallen seh.
Es fallen vom Apfelbaume,
Der [weißen]1 Blätter [so]2 viel,
Es kommen die neckenden [Lüfte]3,
Und treiben damit ihr Spiel.
Es singt der Schwan im [Weiher]4,
Und rudert auf und ab,
Und immer leiser singend,
Taucht er ins Flutengrab.
Es ist so still und dunkel!
Verweht ist Blatt und Blüt',
Der Stern ist knisternd zerstoben,
Verklungen das Schwanenlied.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 163.

1 Backer-Grøndahl, Cui, Gernsheim, Pfitzner: "Blüten und"
2 omitted by Backer-Grøndahl
3 Gernsheim: "Winde"
4 Gernsheim: "Wasser"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Pierre Mathé [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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , DUT FRE FRE ; composed by Eustace J. Breakspeare.
  • Also set in Finnish (Suomi), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , DUT ENG FRE FRE ; composed by Väinö Raitio.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , DUT ENG ; composed by Joseph Mertens.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist DUT ENG ; composed by Caroline Unger-Sabatier.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Vil'gelm Veniaminovich Levik (1907 - 1982) , DUT ENG FRE FRE ; composed by Rostislav Grigor'yevich Boyko.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , "A star is tumbling downward", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 59, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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