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L'ombre des arbres dans la rivière...

Language: French (Français)

L'ombre des arbres dans la rivière embrumée
  Meurt comme de la fumée,
Tandis qu'en l'air, parmi les ramures réelles,
  Se plaignent les tourterelles.

Combien, ô voyageur, ce paysage blême
  Te mira blême toi-même,
Et que tristes pleuraient dans les hautes feuillées, -
  Tes espérances noyées.

Translation(s): ENG ENG GER GER

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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)

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

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53
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Der Bäume Schatten

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

Der Bäume Schatten auf verhang'nem Strome
zerlöst sich, gleich einem Phantome,
indes erschallt durch Zweig und Laube
der Klageruf der Turteltaube.

Wie ward doch, Wandrer, dieses fahl' Gefilde
zu deinem bleichen Spiegelbilde,
wie trauerte in hohem Laubesdome
dein Hoffen selbst, im Tränenstrome.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), no title, appears in Romances sans paroles, in Ariettes oubliées, no. 9, first published 1872 ENG ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Guido Bianchini, Rosalie-Maude Bowlby, Pierre Carolus-Duran, Robert Coquereaux, Claude Achille Debussy, André Dulaurens, Simone Féjard, Rodolphe de Foras, Reynaldo Hahn, Lucien Legras, Guy de Rougelot de Lioncourt, Guillemette Marrannes, Klaus Miehling, Raymond Moulaert, Jerzy Nawrocki, Émile Nérini, Renée Philippart-Gonzalez, Irena Regina Poldowski, Lazare Saminsky, Gustave Sandré, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov, Richard Sturzenegger, Édith Sutter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-07-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:29
Line count: 8
Word count: 42