by Federico García Lorca (1898 - 1936)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Cuando sale la luna
Language: Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
Cuando sale la luna
se pierden las campanas
y aparecen las sendas
impenetrables.

Cuando sale la luna,
el mar cubre la tierra
y el corazón se siente
isla en el infinito.

Nadie come naranjas
bajo la luna llena.
Es preciso comer
fruta verde y helada.

Cuando sale la luna
de cién rostros iguales,
la moneda de plata
solloza en el bolsillo.

G. Crumb sets stanza 2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

About the headline (FAQ)

Authorship

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "The moon comes forth", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La lune se montre", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Mond kommt hervor", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 61

The moon comes forth
Language: English  after the Spanish (Español) 
When the moon appears,
the sound of the bells dies away,
and the paths appear
impenetrable.

When the moon appears,
the sea covers the land,
and the heart feels itself
an island in infinity.

No one eats oranges
under the full moon.
It is good to eat
green and chilled fruit.

When the moon appears
with her hundred faces all the same,
the silver coins
weep in the pocket.

Authorship

  • Translation from Spanish (Español) to English copyright © 2017 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

    Bertram Kottmann.  Contact: BKottmann (AT) t-online.de

    If you wish to commission a new translation, please contact:

Based on

 

This text was added to the website: 2017-02-24
Line count: 16
Word count: 69