Translation © by Paolo Montanari

Ständchen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
Zögernd, [stille]1,
In des Dunkels nächt'ger [Hülle]2
Sind wir hier;
Und den Finger sanft gekrümmt,
Leise, leise,
Pochen wir
An des Liebchens Kammerthür.

Doch nun steigend,
[Hebend, schwellend]3,
Mit vereinter [Stimme Laut]4
Rufen aus wir hochvertraut:5
Schlaf' du nicht,
Wenn der Neigung Stimme spricht!

Sucht' ein Weiser nah' und ferne
Menschen einst mit der Laterne,
Wie viel selt'ner dann als Gold,
Menschen uns geneigt und hold?
D'rum, wenn Freundschaft, Liebe spricht,
Freundin, Liebchen, schlaf' du nicht! -

Aber was in allen Reichen
Wär' dem Schlummer zu vergleichen?
[Was du hast und weißt und bist,
Zahlt nicht, was der Schlaf vergißt.]6
D'rum statt Worten und statt Gaben,
Sollst du nun auch Ruhe haben;
Noch ein Grüßchen, noch ein Wort,
Es verstummt die frohe Weise,
Leise, leise,
Schleichen [wir]7 uns wieder fort!

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Confirmed with Grillparzer's Sämmtliche Werke. Erster Band. Stuttgart. Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1872, page 254; and with Grillparzers Sämmtliche Werke in zehn Bänden. Dritte Ausgabe. Erster Band. Stuttgart. Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1878, pages 241-242.

Note: Schubert received a manuscript from Grillparzer, where the text may have been slightly different to what was published in Grillparzer's collected works. In the editions of 1872 and 1874 the poem has the subtitle "Musik von Franz Schubert" and the wrong dating 1824, the edition of 1878 has the correct dating 1827.

1 Schubert: "leise"
2 Schubert (second version only): "Stille"
3 Schubert: "Schwellend, schwellend, hebend"
4 Schubert: "Stimme, laut,"
5 In Grillparzer's editions of 1872 and 1874 stanza 2 ends here and the subsequent two lines belong to stanza 3.
6 omitted by Schubert
7 Schubert (first version): "wir, ja schleichen wir"; Schubert (second version): "wir, schleichen wir"

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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Joan Company) , "Serenata", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Serenade", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Serenade", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sérénade", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Serenata", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Serenata", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 29
Word count: 130

Serenata
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Indugiando, sommessamente,
nell'involucro dell'oscurità notturna
siamo qui
e con le dita dolcemente raccolte
piano, piano,
bussiamo 
alla porta dell'amica.

Ora, poco a poco,
crescendo,
ad una sola voce, forte,
esclamiamo con grande intimità:
non dormire 
quando parla la voce dell'affetto!

Ci fu un tempo un saggio che cercava per ogni dove
gli uomini con la lanterna.
Quanto poi più raro dell'oro è trovare
uomini che ci vogliono bene!
Quando dunque parla l'amicizia, l'amore,
amica, amata, non dormire!

Ma cosa in tutto il mondo
potrebbe essere paragonato al sonno?
Quindi, anziché parole e doni,
ora devi avere pace.
Ancora un piccolo saluto, ancora una parola,
tace il canto gioioso,
piano, piano,
scivoliamo via.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2010 by Paolo Montanari, (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.
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This text was added to the website: 2010-04-05
Line count: 27
Word count: 112