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Immer enger, leise, leise Ziehen sich die Lebenskreise, Schwindet hin, was prahlt und prunkt, Schwindet Hoffen, Hassen, Lieben, Uns ist nichts in Sicht geblieben Als der letzte dunkle Punkt.
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- by Theodor Fontane (1819 - 1898), "Ausgang" [author's text checked 1 time 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 Peter Escher (1915 - 2008), "Immer enger, leiser, leise", op. 153 no. 11 (1994) [ voice and piano ], from Lieder nach Gedichten verschiedenen Schriftsteller, no. 11 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Ernest Vietor (flourished 1905-1930), "Ausgang", op. 14 no. 11 (1936) [sung text checked 1 time]
The text above (or a part of it) is used in the following settings:
- by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987), "Dämmerung", op. 70 no. 5 (1955), published 1956, first performed 1956 [ SATB soli, mixed chorus (boys, SATB), and orchestra ], from Lebenskreise, no. 5, Alkor Edition, Kassel
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- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Ending", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Ever tighter, quietly, quietly The circles of life draw together; That which swaggers and flaunts itself passes away, Hope, hate, love pass away, Nothing has remained in our sight Except the last dark point.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2017 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.
This text was added to the website: 2017-03-29
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