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Als ihr Geliebter schied (1910)


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6 Gesänge nach Gedichten von Maurice Maeterlinck (Op 13 )


Als ihr Geliebter schied

Als ihr Geliebter schied,
(Ich hörte die Türe gehn),
Als ihr Geliebter schied,
Da hab ich sie weinen gesehn.
Doch als er wieder kam,
(Ich hörte des Lichtes Schein),
Doch als er wieder kam,
War ein anderer daheim.
Und ich sah den Tod,
(Mich streifte sein Hauch),
Und ich sah den Tod,
Der erwartet ihn auch.

When her lover departed

When her lover departed,
(I heard the door close),
When her lover departed,
I saw her weeping...
But when he returned,
(I heard the lamp flare),
But when he returned,
Another man was there...
And I saw death,
(Breathing on me gently),
And I saw death,
Waiting for him too.
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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