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Rote Messe (1912) Op. 21 no.11


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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Rote Messe

Zu grausem Abendmahle,
Beim Blendeglanz des Goldes,
Beim Flackerschein der Kerzen,
Naht dem Altar - Pierrot!
Die Hand, die gottgeweihte,
Zerreißt die Priesterkleider
Zu grausem Abendmahle,
Beim Blendeglanz des Goldes
Mit segnender Geberde
Zeigt er den bangen Seelen
Die triefend rote Hostie:
Sein Herz - in blutgen Fingern -
Zu grausem Abendmahle!

Red Mass

At ghastly grim communion,
Midst blinding golden brightness,
Midst flickering of candles,
Comes to the altar – Pierrot!
His hand now consecrated,
Rips wide the priestly cassock,
At ghastly grim communion,
Midst blinding golden brightness.
And signing absolution,
He shows the trembling, trembling people,
The blood soaked holy wafer:
His heart, in bloody fingers;
At ghastly grim communion.

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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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