by Alfred Kerr (1867 - 1948)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Von Händlern wird die Kunst bedroht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Von Händlern wird die Kunst bedroht,
Da habt ihr die Bescherung.
Sie bringen der Musik den Tod,
Sich selber die Verklärung.

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "L'art est menacé par les marchands", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Matthias Fletzberger

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 4
Word count: 21

L'art est menacé par les marchands
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
L'art est menacé par les marchands,
Là vous êtes dans de beaux draps :
Ils apportent la mort à la musique,
La transfiguration à eux-mêmes...


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2014 by Guy Laffaille, (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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This text was added to the website: 2014-08-03
Line count: 4
Word count: 25