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Gemeinheit

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

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Text & Translation

Gemeinheit
German source: Otto Erich Hartleben

In den blanken Kopf Cassanders,
Dessen Schrein die Luft durchzetert,
Bohrt Pierrot mit Heuchlermienen,
Zärtlich - einen Schädelbohrer!
Darauf stopft er mit dem Daumen
Seinen echten türkischen Taback
In den blanken Kopf Cassanders,
Dessen Schrein die Luft durchzetert!
Dann dreht er ein Rohr von Weichsel
Hinten in die glatte Glatze
Und behäbig schmaucht und pafft er
Seinen echten türkischen Taback
Aus dem blanken Kopf Cassanders!

Dirty Trick (1996)
English translation © Roger Marsh

In the bald head of Cassander,
As his screams rip through the night air,
Bores Pierrot, with insincere affection –
And a cranium driller
Wherein he stuffs with his brown thumb
Leaves of purest, Turkish tobacco,
In the bald head of Cassander,
As his screams rip through the night air.
Then, twisting a cherry pipestem
Right into the burnished baldness,
There he sits and smokes and puffs on ....
Leaves of purest Turkish tobacco
From the bald head of Cassander!

Gemeinheit
German source: Otto Erich Hartleben

Dirty Trick (1996)
English source: Roger Marsh

In den blanken Kopf Cassanders,
In the bald head of Cassander,
Dessen Schrein die Luft durchzetert,
As his screams rip through the night air,
Bohrt Pierrot mit Heuchlermienen,
Bores Pierrot, with insincere affection –
Zärtlich - einen Schädelbohrer!
And a cranium driller
Darauf stopft er mit dem Daumen
Wherein he stuffs with his brown thumb
Seinen echten türkischen Taback
Leaves of purest, Turkish tobacco,
In den blanken Kopf Cassanders,
In the bald head of Cassander,
Dessen Schrein die Luft durchzetert!
As his screams rip through the night air.
Dann dreht er ein Rohr von Weichsel
Then, twisting a cherry pipestem
Hinten in die glatte Glatze
Right into the burnished baldness,
Und behäbig schmaucht und pafft er
There he sits and smokes and puffs on ....
Seinen echten türkischen Taback
Leaves of purest Turkish tobacco
Aus dem blanken Kopf Cassanders!
From the bald head of Cassander!

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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