by Otto Erich Hartleben (1864 - 1905)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Mit groteskem Riesenbogen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG FRE ITA NYN
Mit groteskem Riesenbogen
Kratzt Pierrot auf seiner Bratsche,
Wie der Storch auf einem Beine,
Knipst er trüb ein Pizzicato.

Plötzlich naht Cassander - wütend
Ob des nächtgen Virtuosen -
Mit groteskem Riesenbogen
Kratzt Pierrot auf seiner Bratsche.

Von sich wirft er jetzt die Bratsche:
Mit der delikaten Linken
Faßt den Kahlkopf er am Kragen -
Träumend [spielt]1 er auf der Glatze
Mit groteskem Riesenbogen.

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1 Ramrath: "kratzt"

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • NYN Norwegian (Nynorsk) (Are Frode Søholt) , title 1: "Serenade", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Mimmi Fulmer) (Ric Merritt) , title 1: "Serenade", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Serenata", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Yen-Chiang Che) , title 1: "小夜曲", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Sérénade", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2003-11-16 00:00:00
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Word count: 64

Sérénade
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Avec un archet géant grotesque
Pierrot gratte son alto,
Comme la cigogne sur une patte,
Il pince tristement un pizzicato.

Soudain Cassandre approche -- furieux
Contre le virtuose nocturne --
Avec un archet géant grotesque
Pierrot gratte son alto.

Maintenant il jette loin de lui l'alto :
Avec sa main gauche délicate
Il saisit la tête chauve par le col --
En rêvant il joue sur le crâne
Avec un archet géant grotesque.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2012 by Guy Laffaille, (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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Text added to the website: 2012-04-17 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:52
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Word count: 70