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Much of our material is not in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
Printing texts or translations without the name of the author or translator is also illegal.
You must use the copyright symbol © when you reprint copyright-protected material.

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Please read the instructions below the translations before writing!
In your e-mail, always include the names of the translators if you wish to reprint something.

Verification of Source Material

The texts in this collection come from a variety of different sources including published scores, published poetry collections and books, CD booklets, and concert programs. Details about specific settings also come from bibliographies and catalogs, sometimes score unseen. Because composers sometimes make changes to the texts they set to music, we try to show these changes in footnotes. Indication will also be made of where such comparisons have been performed or where they need to be performed.

Colour-Coded Labels

When one of the following colour-coded labels appears beside the name of the author of a text, it refers to the text as a stand-alone work, i.e., as one would see it in a poetry collection, play, or book.

When the label appears beside the details of a given composer's setting, it refers to the text as sung, that is, as it would be found in the musical score without repeated phrases.

When possible we will provide bibliographic information. Some on-line sources regarded as reliable for poetry are websites such as Bartleby, Zeno.Org - Meine Bibliothek, Gutenberg, Wikisource. Many primary sources are also available online at Google Books, Project Gutenberg, and the Petrucci Music Library (formerly the International Music Score Library Project, IMSLP).


Your help in verifying questionable texts is greatly appreciated! Please contact us via e-mail at

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Please indicate if your source is a score, CD booklet, concert program(me), poetry book, or internet poetry website.