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O alter Duft (1912) Op. 21 no.21

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Pierrot Lunaire (Op. 21)

O alter Duft

O alter Duft aus Märchenzeit,
Berauschest wieder meine Sinne;
Ein närrisch Heer von Schelmerein
Durchschwirrt die leichte Luft.
Ein glückhaft Wünschen macht mich froh
Nach Freuden, die ich lang verachtet:
O alter Duft aus Märchenzeit,
Berauschest wieder mich!
All meinen Unmut gab ich preis;
Aus meinem sonnumrahmten Fenster
Beschau ich frei die liebe Welt
Und träum hinaus in selge Weiten...
O alter Duft - aus Märchenzeit!

O Ancient Scent

O ancient scent of days gone by,
Intoxicate once more my senses.
A host of entertaining pranks
Sails through the weightless air.
Good fortune brings me once again
Those pleasures far too long neglected.
O ancient scent of days gone by
Once more intoxicate me.
All my ill humour is dispelled
And from my sun-encircled window
I view afresh the love-filled world
And dream beyond the blissful distance ...
O ancient scent – of days gone by!

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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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