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Soldaten (The Soldier)


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Andersen-Liederkreis


Soldaten (The Soldier)

Med dæmpede Hvirvler Trommerne gaae,
Ak, skal vi da aldrig til Stedet naae,
At han kan faae Ro i sin Kiste?
Jeg troer mit Hjerte vil briste!
Jeg havde i Verden en eneste Ven,
Ham er det, man bringer til Døden hen,
Med klingende Spil gjennem Gaden,
Og jeg er med i Paraden.
For sidste Gang skuer han nu Guds sol,
Der sidder han alt paa Dødens Stol;
De binde ham fast til Pælen.
For barm Dig Gud over Sjælen!
Paa eengang sigte de alle Ni.
De Otte skyde jo reent forbi;
De rysted' paa Haanden af Smerte,
Kun jeg traf midt i hans Hjerte!

The Soldier

Our steps keep time with the muffled drum.
How slow it seems, and how long the march.
O, that he was at peace and everything done.
My heart is pounding!
I loved only him, in all the world,
this man who they have condemned to death.
And I am ordered,
to be a part of the firing squad.
Now, for the last time,
he will glimpse the sunlight,
before they bind his eyes.
May a kindly god grant this man eternal peace.
Nine soldiers take aim.
Nine who shudder in horror,
as the bullets are discharged.
But it is I who strike at the centre of his heart.

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Composer

Michael Finnissy is an English composer and pianist.

Finnissy has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Sussex, and is Professor of composition at the University of Southampton and is Composer in Residence at St. John's College Cambridge.

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Poet

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, express themes that transcend age and nationality.

Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina", and many more.

His stories have inspired ballets, both animated and live-action films, and plays.


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