Lebewohl (Hugo Distler)

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Editor: Charles Pearson (submitted 2022-07-27).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 356 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Contains text in German and English (Eng. by editor)

General Information

Title: Lebewohl
Composer: Hugo Distler
Lyricist: Eduard Mörike
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSA.TB divisi
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1939
Description: Short Lied for double choir (men's and women's)

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

„Lebe wohl!" —Du fühlest nicht,
Was es heißt, dies Wort der Schmerzen;
Mit getrostem Angesicht
Sagtest du's und mit leichtem Herzen.

„Lebewohl!" —Ach tausendmal
Hab' ich mir es vorgesprochen,
Und in nimmersatter Qual
Mir das Herz damit gebrochen.

English.png English translation

“So, farewell!” —You do not sense
what it means, these words of sorrow.
Your sweet face bore confidence,
when you spoke, you spoke with a light heart.

“So, farewell!” —A thousand times
silently these words I’ve spoken,
and in never-ending pain,
for each time my heart is broken.