Der Traum (Peter Cornelius)

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  • (Posted 2008-10-22)  CPDL #18162:     
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2008-10-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A singable English text is included.

General Information

Title: Der Traum
Composer: Peter Cornelius

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: written 1842

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Im schönsten Garten wallten zwei Buhlen Hand in Hand,
zwei kranke bleiche Gestalten,
sie sassen in Blumenland.
Sie küssten sich auf die Wangen,
sie küssten sich auf den Mund,
sie hielten sich fest umschlungen,
und wurden jung und gesund,
sie hielten sich fest umschlungen,
sie wurden jung und gesund.
Zwei Glöcklein klangen helle,
der Traum verschwand zur Stund',
sie lag in der Klosterzelle, er fern in des Turmes Grund.

English.png English translation

There walked within a garden two lovers hand in hand,
two ashen delicate creatures, they sat in the flowers' land.
They kissed and their arms enfolded,
they kissed so, despite their pain, embracing,
and in their rapture becoming strong once again, embracing,
and in their rapture becoming strong once again.
Two bells rang out, all dreaming to vanish at their sound,
she lay in the convent's deepest cell, his grave in the tower's ground.