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The text from both the “Serenade” and “Phantasie” come from Tirso de Molina’s 1630 play Don Juan. Mahler arranged both songs for voice, harp, and wind ensemble. He indicated breath marks at the end of each line of text which fit well textually. If possible, the tubist should consider removing at least one breath, making the breathing pattern less predictable for the listener. This technique, while valuable when preparing all of Mahler’s songs, is even more important to this song due to the recurring melodic material.

Text: Tirso de Molina.

 

Phantasie aus Don Juan

 

Das Mägdlein trat aus dem Fischerhaus,

Die Netze warf sie ins Meer hinaus!

Und wenn kein Fisch in das Netz ihr ging,

Die Fischerin doch die Herzen fing!

 

Die Winde streifen so kühl umher,

Erzählen leis' eine alte Mär!

Die See erglühet im Abendrot,

Die Fischerin fühlt nicht Liebesnot

Im Herzen! Im Herzen!

 

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