Die Nachtigall, Op. 59, No. 4 (Felix Mendelssohn)

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General Information

Title: Die Nachtigall, Op. 59, No. 4
Work: Sechs Lieder, Op. 59
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Lyricist: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or SSAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

Composed 1843 June 19
First published: 1844 in Sechs Lieder, Op. 59, no. 4
    2nd published: 1868 in Sammlung von Volksgesängen für den gemischten Chor (Ignaz Heim), no. 114
    3rd published: 1881 in Zweites Volksgesangbuch für den gemischten Chor (Ignaz Heim), no. 87
    4th published: 1900 in Liederschatz für gemischten Chor (Moritz Vogel), no. 51
    5th published: 1909 in Gute Geister (König, Küffner, Nüzel), no. 33
    6th published: 1915 in Volksliederbuch für gemischten Chor, no. 190


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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Die Nachtigall
Die Nachtigall, sie war entfernt
der Frühling lockt sie wieder;
was neues hat sie nicht gelernt,
singt alte liebe Lieder.

transcribed by Goethe

English.png English translation

The Nightingale
The nightingale had gone afar;
Spring summons her back.
She has learned nothing new;
She sings the old beloved songs.