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Mondestrunken (1912) Op. 21 no.1


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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Mondestrunken

Den Wein, den man mit Augen trinkt,
Gießt Nachts der Mond in Wogen nieder,
Und eine Springflut überschwemmt
Den stillen Horizont.
Gelüste schauerlich und süß,
Durchschwimmen ohne Zahl die Fluten!
Den Wein, den man mit Augen trinkt,
Gießt Nachts der Mond in Wogen nieder.
Der Dichter, den die Andacht treibt,
Berauscht sich an dem heilgen Tranke,
Gen Himmel wendet er verzückt
Das Haupt und taumelnd saugt und schlürft er
Den Wein, den man mit Augen trinkt.

Moondrunk

The wine which through our eyes we drink
Pours from the moon in waves upon us
And like a springtide
Overflows the stillness of the night.
Desires so thrilling and so sweet,
Cascading through the floods in thousands:
The wine which through our eyes we drink,
Pours from the moon in waves upon us.
The writer, so divinely moved,
Is greedy for the holy liquid,
And skyward he directs his dizzy head,
Then reeling, gulps and slurps down
The wine which through our eyes we drink.

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Composer

Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg or Schönberg was an Austrian composer, music theorist, and painter. He was associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School.


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