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Im Erlenbusch ist noch ein Vogel wach, Sonst schweigt im grünen Mondlicht Tal und Wald. Mir wandeln meiner Jugend Schatten nach Und singen Traumgesänge mannigfalt. Wie kam ich doch aus Lebens Sturm und Glut In dieses grüne Tal jenseits der Welt, Wo aller Träume Schar so friedsam ruht Und doch mein Herz an hundert Fäden hält? Verzaubert sag ich liebe Namen viel, Verschollen ferne, die ich einst gekannt, Und geh verloren weiter ohne Ziel Durch der Erinnerung gedämpftes Land. Da glänzt dein Name aus der Dämmerung, Du Einzige, und plötzlich bin ich wach, Und aller Schmerz ist wieder neu und jung Und wandelt glühend deinen Spuren nach.
F. Müller sets stanza 1 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
F. Müller sets stanza 2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
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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 201.
- by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Nachtgang", subtitle: "(1911)", written 1911 [author's text checked 2 times 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 Heinz-Otto Hoffmann (b. 1902), "Nachtgang", 1932-47 [ voice and piano ], from 21 Lieder, no. 7 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Will Mewes , "Nachtgang ", 1929 [ mezzo-soprano or baritone and piano ], from Musik des Einsamen - Ein Liederzyklus von Hermann Hesse, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Fabian Müller (b. 1964), "Nachtgang I", first performed 2001, stanza 1 [ mezzo-soprano and orchestra ], from Nachtgesänge, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Fabian Müller (b. 1964), "Nachtgang II", first performed 2001, stanza 2 [ mezzo-soprano and orchestra ], from Nachtgesänge, no. 5 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Wilhelm (Willem) Rettich (1892 - 1988), "Nachtgang ", op. 4 no. 6 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Nighttime walk", 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: 2009-05-14
Line count: 16
Word count: 107
In the alder bush a bird is still awake, Otherwise the valley and forest are silent in the green moonlight. The shadows of my youth wander in my wake And sing many dream songs. How did I get from out of life’s storm and heat Into this green valley beyond the world, Where the host of all dreams rests so peacefully And yet hold my heart by a hundred threads? Bewitched, I say many beloved names, Faraway and forgotten, that once I knew, And, lost, I wander onward without a goal Through the muted land of memory. Then your name shines forth from the twilight, You only one, and suddenly I am awake, And all my pain is once more new and young And fervently follows your tracks.
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Nachtgang", subtitle: "(1911)", written 1911
This text was added to the website: 2018-09-11
Line count: 16
Word count: 128