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Text by Berthold Viertel. Günther Leib, baritone; Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, directed by Günther Herbig.

"Traurigkeit" (Sadness, 1962) was part of the song cycle composed by Eisler shortly before his death: the "Ernste Gesänge" (Serious Songs) for baritone and strings.

Wer traurig sein will,
wird vielleicht mich lesen,
und er wird denken zwischen den Zeilen:

Whoever wants to be sad
will perhaps read me,
and he will think between the lines:

Ja, traurig ist auch
dieser Mensch gewesen,
aber kann seine Traurigkeit die meine heilen?

Yes, this one too
has been sad,
but can his sadness heal mine?

Ich will dich nicht über die Gründe fragen
der Traurigkeit, du Mensch, du Mensch,
du Mensch der besseren Zeiten,
du Mensch der besseren Zeiten.

I won't ask you about the reasons
for your sadness, you people, you people,
you people who live in better times,
you people who live in better times.

Die meine wird dir die Geschichte sagen,
die Jahresdaten meiner Traurigkeiten.

My story will tell you,
the years and dates of my sadness.

Music sample © 1996 edel GmbH. Translation by Andrew Lang.

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