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Die Mädchen mit den verbundenen Augen (1910)


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6 Gesänge nach Gedichten von Maurice Maeterlinck (Op 13 )


Die Mädchen mit den verbundenen Augen

Die Mädchen mit den verbundenen Augen
(Tut ab die goldenen Binden!)
Die Mädchen mit den verbundenen Augen
Wollten ihr Schicksal finden.
Haben zur Mittagsstunde das Schloss
(Lasst an die goldenen Binden!)
Haben zur Mittagsstunde das Schloss
Geöffnet im Wiesengrunde.
Haben das Leben gegrüsst,
(Zieht fester die goldenen Binden!)
Haben das Leben gegrüsst,
Ohne hinaus zu finden.

The girls with blindfolded eyes

The girls with blindfolded eyes
(Put away those golden bandages!)
The girls with blindfolded eyes
Wished to discover their destiny...
And at noon they opened
(Leave on those golden bandages!)
And at noon they opened
The castle gates in the meadow...
They greeted life
(Tighten those golden bandages!)
They greeted life
Without finding their way out.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Alexander Zemlinsky or Alexander von Zemlinsky was an Austrian composer, conductor, and teacher.

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Poet

Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was a Fleming, but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations". The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. His plays form an important part of the Symbolist movement.

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