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Der Dandy (1912) Op. 21 no.3


Part of a series or song cycle:

Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Der Dandy

Mit einem phantastischen Lichtstrahl
Erleuchtet der Mond die krystallnen Flacons
Auf dem schwarzen, hochheiligen Waschtisch
Des schweigenden Dandys von Bergamo.
In tönender, bronzener Schale
Lacht hell die Fontaine, metallischen Klangs.
Mit einem phantastischen Lichtstrahl
Erleuchtet der Mond die krystallnen Flacons.
Pierrot mit dem wächsernen Antlitz
Steht sinnend und denkt: wie er heute sich schminkt?
Fort schiebt er das Rot und das Orients Grün
Und bemalt sein Gesicht in erhabenem Stil
Mit einem phantastischen Mondstrahl.

The Dandy

And with a fantastical searchlight
Now spotlights the moon all the crystalline flasks
On the jet black, most holy wash stand
Of the voiceless young dandy of Bergamo.
Resounding around the bronze basin
Brightly laughs the fountain, metallic and clear.
And with a fantastical searchlight
Now spotlights the moon all the crystalline flasks.
Pierrot, with pasty complexion
Stands pensive and thinks;
What make-up shall I use today?
Out goes first the red, then the Orient green,
And he paints up his face with impeccable style –
Using a fantastical moonbeam.

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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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