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Vor den blanken Fenstern glühen Blumen farbig in den Töpfen, Hinterm Fenster dämmrig blühen Mädchen mit gewundenen Zöpfen. Überm Kirchdach schießen Schwalben Schnell wie Blitze hin geschwungen, Glocken rufen allenthalben, Abend hat den Tag bezwungen. Eh wir nun zu Bette gehen, Mit dem Traum den Tag vertauschen, Laß uns noch am Fenster stehen Und dem großen Frieden lauschen.
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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, page 304.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Dorfabend", subtitle: "(1929)", written 1929 [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 Hans Leicht (b. 1899), "Dorfabend", 1952 [ voice unaccompanied ], from Sieben ein- und zweistimmige Lieder, no. 4 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Günter Raphael (1903 - 1960), "Dorfabend ", 1951 [ high voice and piano ], from Acht Gedichte von Hermann Hesse für hohe Stimme und Klavier, no. 7 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Günter Raphael (1903 - 1960), "Dorfabend ", op. 72 no. 7 (<<1957) [ high voice and orchestra or piano ], from Acht Gedichte von Hermann Hesse für hohe Stimme und Orchester, no. 7 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Village evening", copyright © 2018, (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: 2009-05-22
Line count: 12
Word count: 58
In front of the shiny windows Flowers glow colourfully in pots, Behind the window duskily bloom Girls with wreathed braids. Above the church-roof swallows dart As quickly as arcs of lightning, Bells toll everywhere, Evening has overmastered day. Before we now go to bed, To trade the day for dreaming, Let us still stand at the window And listen to the great peacefulness.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 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), "Dorfabend", subtitle: "(1929)", written 1929
This text was added to the website: 2018-05-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 63