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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

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

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A star is tumbling downward

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A star is tumbling downward
From where it sparkled on high,
It is the star for lovers,
That falling there I spy.

The apple tree has been shedding
White petals abundantly
Along come the breezes so teasing
And toying with the debris.

The swan sings in the water,
And paddles o'er each wave,
And singing ever softer,
Dives to his watery grave.

It is so dark and silent,
Swept off are bloom and leaf,
The star has fizzled and scattered;
And faded, the swan's song, so brief.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Lyrisches Intermezzo, no. 59 DUT FRE FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Fritz Arlberg, Nikolai Vasil'yevich Artsybushev, Laura Valborg Aulin, Agathe Ursula Backer-Grøndahl, Carl Banck, Hendrik Joseph van Berckel, Constanz Berneker, Anna Bochkoltz-Falconi, Rudolf Böhmer, Heinrich Böie, Christian Bruhn, Carl Debrois van Bruyck , Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Pierre Chépélov, Wilhelm Claussen, Detlef Cordes, César Antonovich Cui, Bernard van Dieren, Alexander Julius Paul Dorn, W. Dost, Karl Anton Florian Eckert, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Don Forsythe, Robert Franz, Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich, Paul Geisler, Hermann Genss, Friedrich Gernsheim, Christian Friedrich Grimmer, Friedrich Wilhelm Grund, Ferdinand Gumbert, J. von Harder, Ludwig Hartmann, Moritz Hauptmann, Karl Heine, Wilhelm Heinefetter, Wilhelm Killmayer, Fr. Fr. G. Kirchhof, Friedrich [Fritz] Kirchner, Conradin Kreutzer, Adolf, Baron von Lauer, J. Leavitt, Leopold Lenz, Georg Lothar Liebling, August Lindner, L. Lüdecke, Carl von Mayer, Harry Mayer, Ludwig Siegfried Meinardus, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Ch. Merten, Béla Nemes Hegyi, Fabio Nieder, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Carl Polko, Helene von Pusch, Georg Wilhelm Rauchenecker, Joseph Rheinberger, Heinrich Rietsch, Wilhelm Rosenberg, Robert Ruschke, L. Sadler, Filip von Schantz, C. von Sidorovich, Wilhelm Speidel, Eugen von Taund, Franz Tiebach, Friedrich Hieronymus Truhn, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Willy Viol, Julie von Waldburg-Wurzach, Fürstin, Jean Wall, C. F. Zietzschmann. Go to the text.


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