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Enthauptung (1912) Op. 21 no.13


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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Enthauptung

Der Mond, ein blankes Türkenschwert
Auf einem schwarzen Seidenkissen,
Gespenstisch groß - dräut er hinab
Durch schmerzendunkle Nacht.
Pierrot irrt ohne Rast umher
Und starrt empor in Todesängsten
Zum Mond, dem blanken Türkenschwert
Auf einem schwarzen Seidenkissen.
Es schlottern unter ihm die Knie,
Ohnmächtig bricht er jäh zusammen.
Er wähnt: es sause strafend schon
Auf seinen Sünderhals hernieder
Der Mond, das blanke Türkenschwert.

Execution

The moon a glinting Turkish sword,
Upon a soft black silken cushion,
Its ghostly blade, aimed at the Earth
Through suffering’s darkest night.
Pierrot roams about restlessly,
And upward stares in mortal fright
At the moon, the glinting Turkish sword,
Upon a soft black silken cushion.
His knees beneath him start to wobble,
Suddenly giving way completely.
He thinks he feels already
On his sinful neck the blade of judgement –
The moon – the glinting Turkish sword.

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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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