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Ich hatte einst ein schönes Vaterland

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hatte einst ein schönes Vaterland. 
Der Eichenbaum 
Wuchs dort so hoch, die Veilchen nickten sanft. 
Es war ein Traum. 

Das küßte mich auf deutsch, und sprach auf deutsch 
(Man glaubt es kaum,
Wie gut es klang) das Wort: "ich liebe dich!" 
Es war ein Traum.

Translation(s): CZE ENG ENG RUS UKR

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L. Schidlowsky sets stanza 1

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Once I had a wonderful homeland", copyright ©

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Once I had a wonderful homeland

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Once I had a wonderful homeland.
 The oak grew there so high,
 and the violets nodded kindly.
 It was a dream.
 There I was kissed in German, and was told in German
 (one can hardly believe how good it sounded)
 the words: "I love you!"
 It was a dream.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Neue Gedichte, in Verschiedene, in In der Fremde, no. 3 RUS CZE UKR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Constantin C. von Bach, Yehezkel Braun, Leopold Damrosch, G. A. Demidov, Richard Farber, Don Forsythe, Ferdinand Gumbert, Charles Beach Hawley, Eduard Hermes, Voiczek Ivanovich Hlavác, Niels Frédéric Hoffmann, David Hönigsberg, Emil Kauffmann, Wilhelm Killmayer, Genady Osipovich Korganov, Eduard Lassen, George Mart, Miklaschewsky, Peter Martin Cornelius Rübner, León Schidlowsky, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov, Carl Venth, Zaitsev. Go to the text.


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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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