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Musik des Weltalls und Musik der Meister Sind wir bereit in Ehrfurcht anzuhören, Zu reiner Feier die verehrten Geister Begnadeter Zeiten zu beschwören. Wir lassen vom Geheimnis uns erheben Der magischen Formelschrift, in deren Bann Das Uferlose, Stürmende, das Leben Zu klaren Gleichnissen gerann. Sternbildern gleich ertönen sie kristallen, In ihrem Dienst ward unserm Leben Sinn, Und keiner kann aus ihren Kreisen fallen Als nach der heiligen Mitte hin.
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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, pages 338.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Das Glasperlenspiel", written 1933 [author's text checked 2 times against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Wilhelm Bein (1883 - 1966), "Vorspruch", published 1958 [ four-part men's chorus a cappella ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Heinrich Creuzburg (b. 1907), "Das Glasperlenspiel", published 1975 [ baritone and small orchestra ], from Drei Gesänge nach Gedichten aus "Das Glasperlenspiel", no. 2 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Georg Ebner (1896 - ?), "Das Glasperlenspiel", op. 154 (Fünf Lieder) no. 3 (1957) [ high voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Franz Krause (1889 - ?), "Das Glasperlenspiel", op. 30 no. 7, published 1962 [ voice and piano ], from Sieben Gedichte von Hermann Hesse, no. 7 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Hans-Hermann Kurig (1914 - 2002), "Das Glasperlenspiel" [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Wilhelm Lache , "Das Glasperlenspiel ", 1950 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ernst Pfiffner (1922 - 2011), "Das Glasperlenspiel ", <<1983 [ voice and piano ], from Vier Glasperlenspiel-Gesänge, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Christian Immo Schneider (b. 1935), "Das Glasperlenspiel " [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- SAN Sanskrit (संस्कृतम्) (Holger Christian Teipel-Jahr) , "काचमणिक्रीडा", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2009-04-30
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Word count: 69
To the music of the universe and the music of the masters We are prepared to listen with respect, To invoke the honoured spirits Of blessed times to a pure celebration. We let ourselves be elevated by the secret Of the magical formula, into the spell of which The boundless, the stormy, life [itself] Solidified to translucent allegories. Like constellations they ring with crystalline sounds, In their service our life gained meaning, And no one can fall from their orbits Except into the holy centre.
About the headline (FAQ)Translated titles:
"Das Glasperlenspiel" = "The glass bead game"
"Vorspruch" = "Prologue"
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Sharon Krebs, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Das Glasperlenspiel", written 1933
This text was added to the website: 2016-11-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 85