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Gebet an Pierrot

by Arnold Schoenberg From Pierrot Lunaire (1912) Op. 21

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Gebet an Pierrot
German source: Otto Erich Hartleben

Pierrot! Mein Lachen
Hab ich verlernt!
Das Bild des Glanzes
Zerfloß - Zerfloß!
Schwarz weht die Flagge
Mir nun vom Mast.
Pierrot! Mein Lachen
Hab ich verlernt!
O gieb mir wieder,
Roßarzt der Seele,
Schneemann der Lyrik,
Durchlaucht vom Monde,
Pierrot - mein Lachen!

Prayer to Pierrot (1996)
English translation © Roger Marsh

Pierrot! my laughter
I have forgot.
My source of light is erased, – erased.
Black waves the flag now,
Upon my mast.
Pierrot! my laughter
I have forgot.
O give me back,
You farrier of spirits,
Snow-man of poesy,
Princess of moonshine,
Pierrot! – my laughter!

Gebet an Pierrot
German source: Otto Erich Hartleben

Prayer to Pierrot (1996)
English source: Roger Marsh

Pierrot! Mein Lachen
Pierrot! my laughter
Hab ich verlernt!
I have forgot.
Das Bild des Glanzes
My source of light is erased, – erased.
Zerfloß - Zerfloß!
Black waves the flag now,
Schwarz weht die Flagge
Upon my mast.
Mir nun vom Mast.
Pierrot! my laughter
Pierrot! Mein Lachen
I have forgot.
Hab ich verlernt!
O give me back,
O gieb mir wieder,
You farrier of spirits,
Roßarzt der Seele,
Snow-man of poesy,
Schneemann der Lyrik,
Princess of moonshine,
Durchlaucht vom Monde,
Pierrot! – my laughter!
Pierrot - mein Lachen!

Composer

Arnold Schoenberg

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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