Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen – Wenn Mein Schatz Hochzeit Macht (When My Sweetheart Gets Married)

Listening Guide


The Work

Key: D minor with a middle section in E-flat major (E minor and F major in the piano version for high voice) and ends in G minor.
Tempo: Schneller; Langsamer (Faster; Slower) (Allegro; Langsam in the piano version)
Time Signature: 2/4 (middle section in 6/8 with a single measure of 3/8) (4/8 with 2/4 in parenthesis in the piano version)
Form: ABA (with two themes in A section, a new theme with free modulations in the middle section, closing with a da capo return of the A)

Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht,
Fröhliche Hochzeit macht,
Hab’ ich meinen traurigen Tag!
Geh’ ich in mein Kämmerlein,
Dunkles Kämmerlein,
Weine, wein’ um meinen Schatz,
Un meinen lieben Schatz!
Blümlein blau! Blümlein blau!
Verdorre nicht! Verdorre nicht!
Vöglein süss! Vöglein süss!
Du singst auf grüner Haide.
Ach! wie ist die Welt so schön!
An mein Leide!
Singet nicht! Blühet nicht!
Lenz ist ja vorbei!
Alles Singen ist nun aus!
Des Abends, wenn ich schlafen geh’,
Denk’ ich an mein Leide!
Ziküth! Ziküth! Ziküth!
When my sweetheart gets married,
Her joyful wedding day
It is a sad day for me!
I go into my little chamber,
My dark little chamber,
I weep, weep for my sweetheart,
For my dear sweetheart!
Little blue flower! Little blue flower!
Do not fade! Do not fade!
Sweet little bird! Sweet little bird!
You sing on the green heath.
Oh! how beautiful is the world!
Zikee! Zikee! Zikee!
Do not sing! Do not bloom!
Spring, you know, has gone!
All the singing is now over!
In the evening, when I go to sleep,
I think of my sorrow!
Of my sorrow!

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