Christbaum (Peter Cornelius)

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  • (Posted 2018-03-19)  CPDL #49081:     
Editor: Nikolaus Hold (submitted 2018-03-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: German text and English translation by Mabelle Shapleigh from Breitkopf und Härtel edition P.C. 43.

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  • (Posted 2018-03-21)  CPDL #49111:     
Editor: Nikolaus Hold (submitted 2018-03-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Arranged by Moritz Vogel. Arrangement for SSAA from Liederbuch für höhere Mädchenschulen (Moritz Vogel). German and English text.
  • (Posted 2008-07-16)  CPDL #17550:  IMSLP.png
Editor: Jürgen Knuth (submitted 2008-07-12).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Arranged by Jürgen Knuth. Arrangement for SATB. Cross posting by Art Song Central. Scroll down to For Mixed Chorus (Knuth).

General Information

Title: Christbaum
Composer: Peter Cornelius
Lyricist: Peter Cornelius

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo voice
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1856
    2nd published: 1900 in Liederbuch für höhere Mädchenschulen (Moritz Vogel) - Ergänzungsband, no. 5
Description: Opus 8 "Weihnachtslieder" (Christmas carols), Nr. 1

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Wie schön geschmückt der festliche Raum!
Die Lichter funkeln am Weihnachtsbaum!
O fröhliche Zeit! o seliger Traum!

Die Mutter sitzt in der Kinder Kreis;
Nun schweiget alles auf ihr Geheiß:
Sie singet des Christkinds Lob und Preis.

Und rings, vom Weihnachtsbaum erhellt,
Ist schön in Bildern aufgestellt
Des heiligen Buches Psalmenwelt.

Die Kinder schauen der Bilder Pracht,
Und haben wohl des Singen acht,
Das tönt so süß in der Weihenacht!

O glücklicher Kreis im festlichen Raum!
O goldne Lichter am Weihnachtsbaum!
O fröhliche Zeit! o seliger Traum!

English.png English translation

How gaily decked the scene doth appear!
How brightly burning the candles here!
O rapturous time, O vision so dear!

The mother sits with her children there,
who silent wail with expectant air
the tale of the Christ child, beyond compare.

Around, displayed by candle light,
are many colored pictures bright
of Biblical scenes that charm the sight.

The children look at the scenes unrolled,
and hear the tale so sweetly told,
a wondrous tale of the times of old!

O circle so bright, how glad all appear!
O golden candle light gleaming here!
O rapturous time! O vision so dear!