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Der Abend ist mein Buch. Ihm prangen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Abend ist mein Buch. Ihm prangen
die Deckel purpurn in Damast;
ich löse seine goldnen Spangen
mit kühlen Händen, ohne Hast.

Und lese seine erste Seite,
beglückt durch den vertrauten Ton, -
und lese leiser seine zweite,
und seine dritte träum ich schon.

Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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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):

  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "The evening is my book", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le soir", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "E', la sera, il mio libro", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-02-25.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

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E',  la sera,  il mio libro

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

E', la sera, il mio libro. La coperta
a lei splende in purpureo damasco;
i suoi aurei fermagli, senza fretta,
con le dita mie fresche ora sciolgo. 

Così leggo la pagina prima,
reso lieto per l'intimo suono -
poi sussurro leggendone un'altra,
e la terza mi coglie nel sogno.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2012 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926), "Der Abend ist mein Buch", written 1897 ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Petr Eben, Robert Fürstenthal, Hans Gál, Ernst Toch, Stefan Wolpe. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-02-11.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:46
Line count: 8
Word count: 49