by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Die Mitternacht war kalt und stumm
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Die Mitternacht war [kalt]1 und stumm;
Ich irrte klagend im Wald herum.
Ich habe die Bäum aus dem Schlaf gerüttelt;
Sie haben mitleidig die Köpfe geschüttelt.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 165.

1 Gus: "so kalt"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Basque (Euskara), a translation by Arregui FRE FRE ; composed by Pablo Sorozábal.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE FRE ; composed by Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov.
  • Also set in Spanish (Español), a translation by Pablo Sorozábal (b. 1887) FRE FRE ; composed by Pablo Sorozábal.

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Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

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Minuit était froid et silencieux
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Minuit était froid et silencieux
J'errais dans la forêt en gémissant.
J'ai réveillé les arbres en les secouant ;
Ils ont hoché la tête avec compassion.

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Text added to the website: 2016-12-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-12-02 21:25:00
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