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Parodie (1912) Op. 21 no.17

Part of a series or song cycle:

Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Stricknadeln, blank und blinkend,
In ihrem grauen Haar,
Sitzt die Duenna murmelnd,
Im roten Röckchen da.
Sie wartet in der Laube,
Sie liebt Pierrot mit Schmerzen,
Stricknadeln, blank und blinkend,
In ihrem grauen Haar.
Da plötzlich - horch! - ein Wispern!
Ein Windhauch kichert leise:
Der Mond, der böse Spötter,
Äfft nach mit seinen Strahlen -
Stricknadeln, blink und blank.


Knitting needles gleaming and glistening,
Set in her greying hair,
Sits the Duenna mumbling
There in her skirts of red.
She waits beneath the trellis,
She loves Pierrot with aching heart.
Knitting needles gleaming and glistening
Set in her greying hair.
From nowhere – hush! – a whisper!
A windbreath cackling softly.
The moon, the wicked mocker,
Is mimicking with moonbeams,
Knitting needles’ click and clack.

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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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