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Ich wandre durch die stille Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich wandre durch die stille Nacht,
Da schleicht der Mond so heimlich sacht
Oft aus der dunkeln Wolkenhülle,
Und hin und her im Tal,
Erwacht die Nachtigall
Dann wieder alles grau und stille.

O wunderbarer Nachtgesang,
Von fern im Land der Ströme Gang,
Leis Schauern in den dunkeln Bäumen --
Irrst die Gedanken mir,
Mein wirres Singen hier,
Ist wie ein Rufen nur aus Träumen.

Translation(s): DUT FRE

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First published in the appendices to the novellas Taugenichts and Marmorbild, 1826 in the cycle Nachtbilder (no. 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)

Set in a modified version by Friedrich Curschmann, Robert Franz, Theodor Fürchtegott Kirchner, Armin Knab, Wilhelm Petersen, Max Reger, Aribert Reimann, Erich Zeisl, Robert Gund, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Egon Kornauth, Adolf Busch, Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, Friedrich Kiel, Heinrich Bellermann, Bernhard Klein, Ernst Edward Taubert, Johann Roth, Ferdinand von Hiller, Karl Anton Florian Eckert, Paul Kletzki, Hans Heinrich XIV, Graf Bolko von Hochberg.

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-08-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:20
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Word count: 64

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Je me promène par une nuit silencieuse

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Je me promène par une nuit silencieuse,
C'est là que la lune si secrète doucement
Se glisse souvent hors du sombre voile des nuages,
Et ça et là dans la vallée,
Le rossignol s'éveille
Puis tout redevient gris et silencieux.

Ô merveilleuse chanson de la nuit,
Cours du fleuve loin dans les terres,
Léger frisson dans les arbres sombres,
Tu me fais tourner la tête,
Ici mon chant confus
Est juste comme l'appel d'un rêve.

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Text added to the website: 2011-06-01.
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