Wiegenlied composed by B. Flies

Who was Bernhard Flies?

He was a German amateur composer and a doctor in medicine. In my researches, I could discover that he composed some pieces for piano and various beautiful songs. He is best known for the romantic music to the lullaby Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein, in English is translated: “Sleep, my little prince, go to sleep”. This piece was attributed to him, also known as Das Wiegenlied, in English: the Cradle Song. The words were written from the theatre play “Esther” by Friedrich Wilhelm Gotter. Recent research suggests that the song was originally composed by Johann Friedrich Anton Fleischmann. For a long time, the composition was mistakenly attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in his composition K.350. I choose the image of The Starry Night painted by Van Gogh because for me this image is the best appropriate for a Lullaby.

Lyrics

Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein,
Schäfchen ruh’n und Vögelein,
Garten und Wiese verstummt,
auch nicht ein Bienchen mehr summt,
Luna mit silbernem Schein
gucket zum Fenster herein,
schlafe bei silbernem Schein,
schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein,
schlaf ein, schlaf ein!

Auch in dem Schlosse schon liegt
alles in Schlummer gewiegt,
reget kein Mäuschen sich mehr,
Keller und Küche sind leer,
nur in der Zofe Gemach
tönet ein schmachtendes Ach!
Was für ein Ach mag das sein?
Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein,
schlaf ein, schlaf ein!

Wer ist beglückter als du?
Nichts als Vergnügen und Ruh’!
Spielwerk und Zucker vollauf
und noch Karossen im Lauf,
Alles besorgt und bereit,
dass nur mein Prinzchen nicht schreit.
Was wird da künftig erst sein?
Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf’ ein,
schlaf ein, schlaf ein!

English version

Sleep, my little prince, sleep,
The sheep and the birdies rest,
The garden and the meadow are quiet,
Not even a little bee buzzes anymore.
Luna, with a silverly, glow
Looks in through the window,
Sleep by the silvery glow,
Sleep, my little prince, sleep,
Sleep, sleep!

By now, all are in bed in the castle,
All lulled into a slumber,
No more mice stir,
The basement and kitchen are empty.
Only in the maid’s chambers
There sounds a languishing sigh!
What might this sigh be for?
Sleep, my little prince, sleep,
Sleep, sleep!

Who is happier than you?
Nothing but pleasure and peace!
All trinkets and sugar,
And a trotting stage-coach.
Everyone’s anxious and ready
That my little prince will just not cry.
But what will the future bring?
Sleep, my little prince, sleep,
Sleep, sleep!

 

Thanks for your attention and good listening!

 

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