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Valse de Chopin (1912) Op. 21 no.5


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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Valse de Chopin

Wie ein blasser Tropfen Bluts
Färbt die Lippen einer Kranken,
Also ruht auf diesen Tönen
Ein vernichtungssüchtger Reiz.
Wilder Lust Accorde stören
Der Verzweiflung eisgen Traum -
Wie ein blasser Tropfen Bluts
Färbt die Lippen einer Kranken.
Heiß und jauchzend, süß und schmachtend,
Melancholisch düstrer Walzer,
Kommst mir nimmer aus den Sinnen!
Haftest mir an den Gedanken,
Wie ein blasser Tropfen Bluts!

Chopin Waltz

As a pale drop of blood
Stains the lips of a consumptive,
So there rests upon these phrases
A malignant, sickening charm.
Wild indulgent chords
Disturb the bleakness of an icy dream,
As a pale drop of blood
Stains the lips of a consumptive.
Hot, exultant, sweet and aching,
Melancholy gloomy waltzes,
Will you never leave my senses?
Must you defile all my thinking,
Like a pale drop of blood?

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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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