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Nacht (1912) Op. 21 no.8

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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Finstre, schwarze Riesenfalter
Töteten der Sonne Glanz.
Ein geschlossnes Zauberbuch,
Ruht der Horizont - verschwiegen.
Aus dem Qualm verlorner Tiefen
Steigt ein Duft, Erinnrung mordend!
Finstre, schwarze Reisenfalter
Töteten der Sonne Glanz.
Und vom Himmel erdenwärts
Senken sich mit schweren Schwingen
Unsichtbar die Ungetume
Auf die Menschenherzen nieder...
Finstre, schwarze Riesenfalter.


Black enormous butterflies
Have blotted out the sun’s bright rays.
A forbidden book of spells,
Broods the night time sky – mysterious.
From the misty gloom below them,
Comes a perfume that wipes out memory.
Black enormous butterflies
Have blotted out the sun’s bright rays.
And then earthwards from the sky,
Flittering down with massive wingspan,
Unperceived, the monstrous creatures,
Light on human hearts and settle.
Black enormous butterflies.

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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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