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Ich hör' ein Vöglein locken

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich hör' ein Vöglein locken,
Das wirbt so süß, das wirbt so laut,
Beim [Duft]1 der Blumenglocken
Um die geliebte Braut.

Und aus dem blauen Flieder
Singt, ohne Rast und Ruh'
Millionen Liebeslieder
Die holde Braut ihm zu. --

Ich hör' ein leises Klagen,
So liebesbang, so [seelenvoll]2 --
Was mag die Stimme fragen,
Die in dem Wind verscholl?


Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Anthologie aus den Gedichten von Adolf Böttger, Hildburghausen: Druck vom Bibliographischen Institute, New York: Herrmann J. Meyer, [1870], pages 13-14.

1 Pfitzner: "Klang"
2 Pfitzner: "sehnsuchtsvoll"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "J'entends un petit oiseau", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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I hear a little bird singing enticingly

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I hear a little bird singing enticingly,
It woos so sweetly, it woos so loudly,
By the [scent]1 of the flowers' bells
[It woos] the beloved bride.

And from out the blue lilac,
Without pause or rest
The lovely bride sings
Millions of love songs back to him.

I hear a quiet lamenting,
So full of the anxiety of love, so [soulful]2,
What might the voice be asking,
[The voice] that died away in the wind?


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Translated titles:
"Ich hör' ein Vöglein" = "I hear a little bird"
"Ich hör' ein Vöglein locken" = "I hear a little bird singing enticingly"
"Waldessand" = "Forest sands"

1 Pfitzner: "ringing"
2 Pfitzner: "full of longing"

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870), "Ich hör' ein Vöglein", appears in Frühlingsmelodieen DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): R. Bischoff, F. Christoph, Otto Hess, Robert Kahn, Richard Kleinmichel, Max Lippold, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Willem Frederick Gerard Nicolai, Wilhelm Ohliger, Else Petersen, Hans Erich Pfitzner, Hans Schläger, Ferdinand Sieber, Richard Georg Strauss, Wilhelm Moritz Vogel. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2013-07-26.
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