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Wandl' ich in dem Wald des Abends

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wandl' ich [in dem]1 Wald des Abends,
In dem träumerischen Wald,
Immer wandelt mir zur Seite
Deine zärtliche Gestalt.
Ist es nicht dein weißer Schleier?
Nicht dein sanftes Angesicht?
Oder ist es nur der Mondschein,
Der durch Tannendunkel bricht?
Sind es meine eignen Tränen
Die ich leise rinnen hör'?
Oder gehst du, Liebste, [wirklich]2
Weinend neben mir einher?


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1 Lassen: "den" (further changes may exist not noted above); Zemlinsky: "im"
2 Zemlinsky: "weinend"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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 FRE FRE ITA SPA ; composed by Nicolae Bretan.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Catulle Mendès (1841 - 1909) , no title, written c1876, appears in Pantéleïa, in 2. Sérénades, no. 1, Éd. Ollendorff, first published 1885 ENG ENG ITA SPA ; composed by Xavier Henri Napoleon Leroux, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Charles Camille Saint-Saëns.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG ENG ITA SPA ; composed by Reynaldo Hahn.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG ITA SPA ; composed by Robert Caby.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG FRE FRE SPA ; composed by Pietro Cimara, Giovanni Sgambati.
  • Also set in Romanian (Română), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA SPA ; composed by Nicolae Bretan.

Other 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 10:01:33

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When I wander in the evening woods

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When I wander in the evening woods,
In the dream-like woods,
Ever at my side wanders
Your tender form.

Is this not your white veil?
Is this not your mild face?
Or is it only moonlight
Breaking through the darkness of the firs?

Is it my own tears
That I hear softly running?
Or are you, beloved, truly walking here,
Weeping close beside me?

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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 Seraphine, no. 1 FRE FRE ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Bacon, Nicolae Bretan, Leopold Damrosch, Bernard van Dieren, J. Dürck, Heinrich Esser, Richard Farber, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Don Forsythe, Robert Franz, Richard Gompertz, Henrik Hennings, A. Herwalt, Konrad Heubner, Arno Kleffel, Emma Kodály, Eduard Lassen, Helen Agnes MacWhirter, Adolf Eduard Marschner, Erwin E. Wilhelm Meier, Ernst Hermann Meyer, Hendrik Christian van Oort, Wilhelm Platz, Mathilde, Baroness Willy de Rothschild, Louis Victor Franz Saar, Louis Samson, Giovanni Sgambati, Heinz Tiessen, Alexander Winterberger, Kōsaku Yamada, Alexander Zemlinsky. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2012-12-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:05

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