by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Valse brillante
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ein Tanz von Chopin lärmt im Saal,
Ein wilder, zügelloser Tanz.
Die Fenster leuchten wetterfahl,
Den Flügel ziert ein welker Kranz.

Den Flügel du, die Geige ich,
So spielen wir und enden nicht
Und warten angstvoll, du und ich,
Wer wohl zuerst den Zauber bricht.

Wer wohl zuerst einhält im Takt
Und von sich weg die Lichter schiebt,
Und wer zuerst die Frage sagt,
Auf die es keine Antwort gibt.

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 66-67.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Valse brillante", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Valse brillante", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2009-06-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 70

Valse brillante
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A dance by Chopin sounds loudly in the ballroom,
A wild, riotous dance.
The windows gleam pallidly because of the weather,
The grand piano is adorned by a wilted wreath.

You the piano, I the violin,
Thus we play and do not stop
And wait full of fear, you and I, [to see]
Who shall be the first to break the enchantment.

Who shall be the first to stop in the rhythm
And push the lights away,
And who shall first speak the question
For which there is no answer.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-05-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 90