by Friedrich von Matthisson (1761 - 1831)
Translation © by Antonio Zencovich

Der Abend
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA
Purpur malt die Tannenhügel
Nach der Sonne Scheideblick,
Lieblich stralt des Baches Spiegel
Hespers [Fackelglanz]1 zurück.

Wie in Todtenhallen düster
Wirds im Pappelweidenhain,
Unter leisem Blattgeflüster
Schlummern alle Vögel ein.

Nur dein Abendlied, o Grille!
Tönt noch, aus bethautem Grün,
Durch der Dämmrung [Zauberhülle]2
Süße Trauermelodien.

Tönst du einst im Abendhauche,
Grillchen, auf mein frühes Grab,
Aus der Freundschaft Rosenstrauche
Deinen Klaggesang herab:

Wird [mein Geist noch stets]3 dir lauschen,
Horchend wie er jetzt dir lauscht,
Durch des Hügels [Blumen rauschen]4,
Wie dies Sommerlüftchen rauscht!

E. Zumsteeg sets stanzas 1, 4-5

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Friedrich von Matthisson. Erster Theil. Tübingen, bei Cotta, 1811, pages 29-30, and with Gedichte von Matthisson. Fünfte vermehrte Auflage. Zürich, bei Orell, Füssli und Compagnie. 1802, pages 213-214.

The first edition (Dessau, 1783) has the correct creation date (1780) and an additional (fourth) stanza which was left out in later editions:

Singt das bange Herz in Schlummer,
Hemmt der Zähren wilden Lauf,
Lös't der Liebe tiefsten Kummer
Selbst in stille Wehmuth auf!

1 Matthisson (1791 and 1792 editions), and Rust: "zitternd Bild"
2 Matthisson (1783 edition): "Rosenhülle"
3 Matthisson (editions prior to 1811), and Rust, Schubert, Zumsteeg: "noch stets mein Geist"
4 Schubert: "Blumenrauschen"

Authorship

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 ; composed by Robert Lucas Pearsall.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El capvespre", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De avond", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The evening", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "The evening", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le soir", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , "La sera", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Melanie Trumbull , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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La sera
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
La collina di pini si tinge di porpora
sotto lo sguardo di congedo del sole;
lo specchio del ruscello riflette graziosamente
la torcia brillante di Espero.

Come in un viale di cimitero si fa scuro
nel boschetto di pioppi:
sotto il dolce stormire delle foglie
si addormentano tutti gli uccelli.

Solo il tuo canto serale, o grillo,
risuona nell’erba rugiadosa,
attraverso il velo magico dell’oscurità,
come una dolce melodia funebre.

Se un giorno dovessi intonare nella brezza serotina,
o piccolo grillo, sulla mia tomba scavata di fresco,
dal rosaio piantato dagli amici,
il tuo canto lamentoso,

sempre il mio spirito ti ascolterà,
come ora ti ascolta assorto
bisbigliare tra i fiori della collina,
come questa leggera brezza d’estate.

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