by Otto Julius Bierbaum (1865 - 1910)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Als nachts ich überm Gebirge ritt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Als nachts ich überm Gebirge ritt,
Rack, schack, schacke mein Pferdchen,
Da ritt ein seltsam Klingeln mit,
[Kling, ling]1, klingelalei.

Es war ein schmeichlerisch bittend Getön,2
Es war wie Kinderstimmen schön.3

Mir wars, ich streichelt' ein lindes Haar,2
Mir war so [weh und]4 wunderbar.3

Da schwand das Klingeln mit einemmal,2
Ich sah hinunter ins tiefe Thal.3

[Da]5 sah ich Licht in meinem Haus,
Rack, schack, schacke mein Pferdchen,
Mein Bübchen sah [nach der Mutter aus]6,
[Kling, ling]1, klingelalei.

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1 Hermann: "Klingling"
2 Hermann inserts: "Rack, schack, schacke mein Pferdchen"
3 Hermann inserts: "Klingling, klingelalei"
4 Hermann: "weh, so"
5 Sinding: "Dann"
6 Hermann: "zum Fenster hinaus"

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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) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The song of the young witch", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson de la jeune sorcière", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Alberto Pedrotti , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 78

Chanson de la jeune sorcière
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Je chevauchais de nuit au-dessus des montagnes,
Rack schack, schacke, mon petit cheval,
Soudain une étrange sonnerie nous accompagna,
Klingling, [klingling]1, klingelala. 

C'était une mélodie câline et implorante
Elle était belle comme la voix d'un enfant.

Pour moi c'était comme caresser une douce chevelure,
C'était si douloureux et merveilleux.

Quand la sonnerie disparut tout d'un coup,
Je regardai en-bas, dans la profonde vallée.

[Alors]2 je vis de la lumière dans ma maison,
Rack schack, schacke, mon petit cheval,
Mon petit garçon cherchait des yeux sa mère,
Klingling, [klingling]1, klingelala. 

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1 omis Sinding.
2 Sinding: "Puis"

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Pierre Mathé, (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: 2011-12-21
Line count: 14
Word count: 89