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Madonna (1912) Op. 21 no.6


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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Madonna

Steig, o Mutter aller Schmerzen,
Auf den Altar meiner Verse!
Blut aus deinen magren Brusten
Hat des Schwertes Wut vergossen.
Deine ewig frischen Wunden
Gleichen Augen, rot und offen.
Steig, o Mutter aller Schmerzen,
Auf den Altar meiner Verse!
In den abgezehrten Händen
Hältst du deines Sohnes Leiche.
Ihn zu zeigen aller Menschheit -
Doch der Blick der Menschen meidet
Dich, o Mutter aller Schmerzen!

Madonna

Climb, O Mother of all Sorrows
On the altar of my verses.
Blood spurts from your meagre bosom
Which the sword’s blind rage has opened.
And your gashes, fresh for ever,
Are like bloodshot eyes, wide open.
Climb, O Mother of all Sorrows
On the altar of my verses.
In your wasting withered hands
You hold up your son’s rotting body,
Which you offer to the people;
But the people’s eyes avoid your gaze,
O Mother of all Sorrows.

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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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