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A la musique / An die Musik

by Franz Schubert

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A la musique / An die Musik
French source: Louis Pomey

Combien de fois ô muse en ma tristesse,
Quand les destin me torturait le cœur,
Tu m'enflammas de ton ardente ivresse,
Et m'ouvris un monde meilleur.

Combien de fois le charme de la layre
Du noir présent fit taire le souci!
Des jours heureux l'aurore semblait luire,
O noble muse, à toi merci!


Schubert, _A la musique_
from _Cinquante melodies de Franz Schubert_
ed. Pauline Viardot, trans. Louis Pomey

www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/song/2693

To Music
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Beloved art, in how many a bleak hour,
when I am enmeshed in life’s tumultuous round,
have you kindled my heart to the warmth of love,
and borne me away to a better world!

Often a sigh, escaping from your harp,
a sweet, celestial chord
has revealed to me a heaven of happier times.
Beloved art, for this I thank you!

A la musique / An die Musik
French source: Louis Pomey

To Music
English source: Richard Wigmore

Combien de fois ô muse en ma tristesse,
Beloved art, in how many a bleak hour,
Quand les destin me torturait le cœur,
when I am enmeshed in life’s tumultuous round,
Tu m'enflammas de ton ardente ivresse,
have you kindled my heart to the warmth of love,
Et m'ouvris un monde meilleur.
and borne me away to a better world!

Combien de fois le charme de la layre
Often a sigh, escaping from your harp,
Du noir présent fit taire le souci!
a sweet, celestial chord
Des jours heureux l'aurore semblait luire,
has revealed to me a heaven of happier times.
O noble muse, à toi merci!
Beloved art, for this I thank you!


Schubert, _A la musique_
from _Cinquante melodies de Franz Schubert_
ed. Pauline Viardot, trans. Louis Pomey

www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/song/2693

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

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