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Serenade (1912) Op. 21 no.19

Part of a series or song cycle:

Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Mit groteskem Riesenbogen
Kratzt Pierrot auf seiner Bratsche,
Wie der Storch auf einem Beine,
Knipst er trüb ein Pizzicato.
Plötzlich naht Cassander - wütend
Ob des nächtgen Virtuosen -
Mit groteskem Riesenbogen
Kratzt Pierrot auf seiner Bratsche.
Von sich wirft er jetzt die Bratsche:
Mit der delikaten Linken
Faßt den Kahlkopf er am Kragen -
Träumend spielt er auf der Glatze
Mit groteskem Riesenbogen.


With a giant bow, grotesquely
Scrapes Pierrot on his viola.
Standing like a stork on one leg,
Grimly snaps a pizzicato.
Now Cassander runs in
Yelling at this midnight virtuoso.
With a giant bow grotesquely
Scrapes Pierrot on his viola.
Now he throws down his viola;
With his left hand delicately,
Hoists baldy up by the collar;
Dreaming plays upon his baldness
With a giant bow, grotesquely.

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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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