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Heimfahrt (1912) Op. 21 no.20


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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)


Heimfahrt

Der Mondstrahl ist das Ruder,
Seerose dient als Boot;
Drauf fährt Pierrot gen Süden
Mit gutem Reisewind.
Der Strom summt tiefe Skalen
Und wiegt den leichten Kahn.
Der Mondstrahl ist das Ruder,
Seerose dient als Boot.
Nach Bergamo, zur Heimat,
Kehrt nun Pierrot zurück;
Schwach dämmert schon im Osten
Der grüne Horizont.
Der Mondstrahl ist das Ruder.

Journey Homeward

A moonbeam is the rudder,
Lily white is the boat,
On which Pierrot sails Southward,
With friendly following wind.
The stream hums deep arpeggios,
And rocks the little skiff.
A moonbeam is the rudder,
Lily white is the boat.
To Bergamo, his homeland,
Returns Pierrot once more.
Faint dawn on the horizon,
A green glow in the East, –
A moonbeam is the rudder.

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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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