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Auf dem Dorf in den Spinnstuben Sind lustig die Mädchen. Hat jedes seinen Herzbuben, Wie flink geht das Rädchen! Spinnt jedes am Brautschatz, Daß der Liebste sich freut. Nicht lange, so gibt es Ein Hochzeitsgeläut! Kein' Seel', die mir gut ist, Kommt mit mir zu plaudern; Gar schwül mir zu Mut ist, Und die Hände zaudern. Und die Tränen mir rinnen Leis übers Gesicht. Wofür soll ich spinnen, Ich weiß es ja nicht!
About the headline (FAQ)First appeared in the Deutscher Musenalmanach für 1852.
- by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914), "Spinnliedchen", written 1851, appears in Speranza, no. 3 [author's text not yet checked 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 Robert Emmerich (1836 - 1891), "Spinnlied", op. 28 (3 Lieder) no. 1, published 1862 [voice and piano], Hamburg, Fr. Schuberth [ sung text not verified ]
- by Eugen Hildach (1849 - 1924), "Auf dem Dorf in den Spinnstuben", op. 9 (Drei Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebleitung) no. 1, published 1889 [voice and piano], Magdeburg, Heinrichshofen's Verlag [ sung text not verified ]
- by Carl, Graf Nostitz , "Auf dem Dorf", published 1886 [voice and piano], from Fünfzig Lieder, no. 10, Prag, Hoffmann [ sung text not verified ]
- by Franz Preitz (1856 - 1916), "Spinnliedchen", op. 1 (Drei Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 2, published 1877 [soprano and piano], Leipzig, Kahnt [ sung text not verified ]
- by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856), "Die Spinnerin", op. 107 (Sechs Gesänge für Singstimme und Klavier) no. 4 (1852), published 1852 [voice and piano], Cassel, Luckhardt [ sung text verified 1 time]
Set in a modified version by Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Johannes Brahms, Carl Heffner, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Richard Heuberger, Hans Huber, Adolf Jensen, Arno Kleffel, Johannes Pache, Franz Schreker, Georg Schumann, Felix Semon, Alexander Zemlinsky.
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De spinster", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "In the village in the spinning rooms", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La fileuse", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33
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Word count: 73
In the village in the spinning rooms The maidens are merry. Each one has her special lad, How quickly the spinning wheels whir! Each one of them is spinning for her hope chest, So that her beloved should be happy. Not long now, then there shall be A ringing of wedding bells! No soul who is fond of me Comes to chat with me; I am feeling sorely oppressed, And my hands falter. And the tears flow Quietly over my face. For what purpose I am spinning, I do not know!
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2013 by Sharon Krebs, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914), "Spinnliedchen", written 1851, appears in Speranza, no. 3
Text added to the website: 2013-07-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:16
Line count: 16
Word count: 91