Mausfallensprüchlein (Hugo Distler)

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  • (Posted 2022-08-13)  CPDL #70414:         
Editor: Charles Pearson (submitted 2022-08-13).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 297 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition contains English text (by ed.) only. Modern notation.
  • (Posted 2016-09-16)  CPDL #41130:       
Editor: Knut Petersen (submitted 2016-09-16).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 164 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Corrects printing error in bar 17 of original score

General Information

Title: Mausfallensprüchlein
Work: Mörike-Chorliederbuch, Op. 19
Composer: Hugo Distler
Lyricist: Eduard Mörike

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1939

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Kleine Gäste, kleines Haus.
Liebe Mäusin oder Maus,
Stell dich nur kecklich ein
Heut Nacht bei Mondenschein!
Mach aber die Tür fein hinter dir zu,
Hörst du? Dabei hüte dein Schwänzchen!
Nach Tische singen wir,
Nach Tische springen wir
Und machen ein Tänzchen:
Witt witt!
Meine alte Katze tanzt wahrscheinlich mit.

English.png English translation

Tiny guests and tiny house,
Is it Miss or Mister Mouse?
Boldly creep out tonight
In the moon’s silv’ry light.
Mind to close the door, but gently, my dear,
D’you hear? Your tail might be caught perchance!
First lunch, then we’ll sing,
First lunch, then we’ll spring
And then we will all dance:
Vitt, vitt!
And likely my old cat will dance a little bit.