Orpheus die Harfen schlug so fein (Johann Steffens)

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  • (Posted 2006-09-08)  CPDL #12522:  IMSLP.png PDF, MIDI and Capella 5 files
Editor: Ulrich Alpers (submitted 2006-09-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: individual choir parts also available. Scroll down to Orpheus die Harfen schlug so fein.

General Information

Title: Orpheus die Harfen schlug so fein
Composer: Johann Steffens

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1619 in Neue teutsche weltliche Madrigalia und Balletten, no. 8

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Orpheus die Harfen schlug so fein
und lieblich zugleich sang mit ein,
dass Wald und Baum, Vögel und Tier,
gebierten, als tanzten sie schier.

English.png English translation

Orpheus played his lyre so well
and lovely sang in tune
that forest and trees, birds and animals
moved as though they were dancing indeed.