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March 17, 2013

Mondnacht by Schumann - Devi Jessica

I just heard this beautiful poem sung by Devi Jessica last night. She's really charming up on the stage, and still so young.. 

Mondnacht is the fifth song in Schumann's glorious "Liederkreis" cycle. Poem is by Eichendorff. A very beautiful German poem indeed..


Mondnacht

Es war, als hätt’ der Himmel
Die Erde still geküßt,
Daß sie im Blüten-Schimmer
Von ihm nun träumen müßt’.

Die Luft ging durch die Felder,
Die Aehren wogten sacht,
Es rauschten leis die Wälder,
So sternklar war die Nacht.

Und meine Seele spannte
Weit ihre Flügel aus,
Flog durch die stillen Lande,
Als flöge sie nach Haus.

Moonlit Night

It was as though the heavens
Had silently kissed the earth,
Such that in the blossoms’ lustre
She was caught in dreams of them

The wind crossed through the fields,
And swayed the heads of grain
The forest softly rustled
How starry was the night

And my soul spread
Far its wings
And sailed o’er the hushed lands
As if gliding home


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