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The Legend of Kleinzach! ~ Johann Offenbach

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Uploaded on Aug 30, 2010

This is a renounced classic (as I say) of one of the best operas I've ever had the honor to lay my ear on. This is my favorite movement of the "Tales of Hoffmann" Opera which has a lot of tenor (or baritone?) singing. (click, clack!) I hope you enjoy the artwork, it was found online, and it seemed to fit with the anger with the song.

Original French Script:
Below is the original French verse, then below that is the English translation:

HOFFMANN: Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach
Un petit avorton qui se nommiat Kleinzach!
Il était cioffé d'un colback,
Et ses jambes faisaient: clic-clac!

Clic-clac!
Clic-clac!
Voilà, voilà Kleinzach!
Clic-clac!
Clic-clac!
Voilà, voilà Kleinzach!

Il avait une bosse en guise d'estomac,
Ses pieds ramifiés semblaient sortir d'un sac.
Son nez était noir de tabac,
Et sa tête faisait: cric-crac!

Cric-crac.
Cric-crac.
Voilà, voilà Kleinzach!
Cric-crac.
Cric-crac.
Voilà, voilà Kleinzach!

Quant aux traits, aux traits de sa figure...
Ah! sa figure était charmante!
Je la vois, belle, belle comme le jour,
où courant après elle.

Je quittai, comme un fou, la maison paternelle,
Et m'enfuis à travers les vallons et les bois.
Ses cheveux ses cheveux en torsades sombres,
Sur son col élégant jetaint leurs chaudes ombres.

Ses yeux, ses yeux envellopés d'azur,
Promenaient autour d'elle un regard frais et pur.
Et comme notre char emportait sans secousse,
Nos coeurs et nos amours, sa voix vibrante et douce.

Au cieux qui l'ecoutaient jetait ce chant vainqueur,
Dont l'eternel écho résonne dans mon coeur!

NATHANIËL: O bizarre cervelle! Qui diable peins-tu là! Kleinzach?

HOFFMANN: Kleinzach? Je parle d'elle!

NATHANIËL: Qui?

HOFFMANN: Non! personne! rein! mon esprit se troublait!
Rein! Et Kleinzach vaut mieux, tout difforme qu'il est!

Quand il avait trop bu de giniévre ou de rack,
Il fallait voir flotter les deux pans de son frac.
Comme des herbres dans un lac!
Et le monstre faisait: flic-flac!

Flic-flac!
Flic-flac!
Voilà, voilà Kleinzach!
Flic-flac!
Flic-flac!
Voilà, voilà Kleinzach!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
There once was a time at the court of Eisenach.
A little freak who they called Kleinzach!
He wore a busby
And his legs went: click-clack!

Click-clack!
Click-clack!
That's, that's Kleinzach!
Click-clack!
Click-clack!
That's, that's Kleinzach!

He had a lump instead of a stomach,
His splayed feet seemed to emerge from a sack.
His nose was black with tobacco,
And his head went: crick-crack!

Crick-crack!
Crick-crack!
That's, that's Kleinzach!
Crick-crack!
Crick-crack!
That's, that's Kleinzach!

As for the features, the features of the face...
Ah! the face was charming!
I see her, beautiful, beautiful as the day!

When running after her,
I left, like a madman, my father's house,
And fled through the valleys and the woods.

Her hair, her hair with it's dark curls,
On her elegant collar cast it's ardent shadows.
Her eyes, her azure-colored eyes,
Looked around, with fresh and pure expression.

And as our carriage gently carried away,
Our hearts and our loves, her sweet and vibrant voice,
To the heavens that listened to her, offered this triumphant song.
Whose eternal echo resounds in my heart!

NATHANIËL: Oh bizarre thoughts! Who the devil are you describing? Kleinzach?

HOFFMANN: Kleinzach? I am talking of her!

NATHANIËL: About whom?

HOFFMANN: No! nobody! nothing! my thoughts were confused!
Nothing! And Kleinzach was worth more, deformed as he is!

When he had drunk too much, gin or arrack,
You should have seen flapping the two tails of his frock.
Like grass in a lake!
And the monster went: flick-flack!

Flick-flack!
Flick-flack!
That's, that's Kleinzach!
Flick-flack!
Flick-flack!
That's, that's Kleinzach!

I hope you enjoy, it took FOREVER to find the Script!

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