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Heimweh (1912) Op. 21 no.15


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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Heimweh

Lieblich klagend - ein krystallnes Seufzen
Aus Italiens alter Pantomime,
Klingts herüber: wie Pierrot so holzern,
So modern sentimental geworden.
Und es tönt durch seines Herzens Wüste,
Tönt gedämpft durch alle Sinne wieder,
Lieblich klagend - ein krystallnes Seufzen
Aus Italiens alter Pantomime.
Da vergißt Pierrot die Trauermienen!
Durch den bleichen Feuerschein des Mondes,
Durch des Lichtmeers Fluten - schweift die Sehnsucht
Kühn hinauf, empor zum Heimathimmel
Lieblich klagend - ein krystallnes Seufzen!

Homesickness

Sweet lamenting – an exquisite sighing,
Comes from Bergamo’s old-fashioned dumbshow.
And the song asks why Pierrot’s so wooden,
And has grown modern and sentimental?
And it strikes the empty heart inside him,
Strikes once more, though muffled, all his senses.
Sweet lamenting – an exquisite sighing,
Comes from Bergamo’s old-fashioned dumbshow.
Then Pierrot forgets his tragic manner!
Up through pale firelight of the moon,
Up through floods of sea light swells his longing
Bravely up, on high, to home and heaven
Sweet lamenting – an exquisite sighing.

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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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