Wozzeck Libretto
English Translation

FIRST ACT

FIRST SCENE
Room of the captain. Early in the morning. Captain on a chair in front of a mirror. Wozzeck shaves the captain.

CAPTAIN
Slowly, Wozzeck, slowly! One by one!
unwilling
He makes me completely dizzy.
covers forehead and eyes with hand. Wozzeck interrupts his work. Captain calms down again
What am I supposed to do with the ten minutes he's done too early today?
energetic
Wozzeck, remember 'He has to live his beautiful thirty years'! Thirty years: makes three hundred and sixty months and only how many days, hours, minutes! What does He want to do with the tremendous time?
again strict
Join him, Wozzeck!

Wozzeck
Yes, sir, captain!

CAPTAIN
mysteriously
It scares me the world when I think of eternity. "Eternal," that is eternal! He sees that. But again it is not eternal, but a moment, yes, a moment! - Wozzeck, I shudder when I think that the world turns around in one day: that's why I can not see a mill wheel anymore, or I'm getting melancholy!

Wozzeck
Yes, sir, captain!

CAPTAIN
Wozzeck, He always looks so bitchy! A good person does not do that. A good person who has a good conscience does everything slowly ... He said something, Wozzeck. What is the weather today?

Wozzeck
Very bad, Captain! Wind!

CAPTAIN
I can feel it, there is such a speed outside; such a wind makes the effect like a mouse.
smart
I think we have something like that from the south-north?

Wozzeck
Yes, sir, captain!

CAPTAIN
laughs loudly
South-North!
laughs even more loudly
Oh, he's stupid, very stupidly stupid!
touched
Wozzeck, He is a good person,
sits down in stance
but ... he has no morals!
with much dignity
Moral: that's when you're moral! Does He understand? It's a good word.
with pathos
He has a child without the blessing of the church ...

Wozzeck
Yes ...
interrupts

CAPTAIN
... as our reverend Lord garrison preacher says, "Without the blessing of the church" - the word is not mine.

Wozzeck
Captain, God will not look at the poor worm, if Amen is told about it before he is made. The Lord said, "Let the little ones come to me!"

CAPTAIN
jumping up angrily
What is He saying? What is this strange answer? He confuses me a lot When I say, "He," I mean "Him", "Him" ...

Wozzeck
We poor people! Look, Captain, money, money! Who has no money! Put one of your kind in the world in the moral way! You also have your flesh and blood! Yes, if I were a gentleman, and had a hat and a watch and a pair of glasses and could speak nobly, I wanted to be virtuous! There must be something beautiful about virtue, Captain. But I am a poor guy! One of us is unfortunate in this and the other world! I think, if we could go to heaven, we would have to help thunder!

CAPTAIN
something stunned
Alright, alright!
placatory
I know that he is a good person
exaggerated
a good person.
a little bit confused
But he thinks too much, that consumes. He always looks so bitchy.
concerned
The discourse attacked me. Go now, and do not run so! Go slowly down the street, right in the middle, and again, go slowly, pretty slow!
Wozzeck


Transformation - orchestra postlude

SECOND SCENE

Free field, the city in the distance. Late afternoon. Wozzeck and Andres cut sticks in the bushes.

Wozzeck
You, the place is cursed!

ANDRES
what
is singing to himself
That's the beautiful hunt,
Shooting is available to everyone!
I want to be a hunter,
I want to go there.

Wozzeck
The place is cursed! Do you see the light streak over the grass where the sponges regrow? There's a head roll in the evening. When somebody raised him, he said, 'it would be a hedgehog. Three days and three nights on it, and he lay on the shavings.

ANDRES
It gets dark, that scares you. Oh, what!
Stop work, get in a stance and sing
Is there a hat over,
Ask me if I'm a hunter?
I've already been a hunter
But I can not shoot!

Wozzeck
Still, Andres! They were the Masons! I have it! The Masons! Quiet! Quiet!

ANDRES
There are two rabbits sitting there,
Eating the green grass.
interrupts the singing. Both listen intently. Then even a little worried; how about Wozzeck and calm down
Sing along!
Eating the green grass
Except for the lawn ...

Wozzeck
stomps on
Hollow! Everything is hollow! A maw! It fluctuates!
he staggers
You hear, it's walking down there with us!
in the highest fear
Get away, go!

ANDRES
keeps Wozzeck back
Hey, are you great?

Wozzeck
stays standing
It's curiously quiet. And sultry. You want to hold your breath ...
staring into the area

ANDRES
What?

The sun is going down. The last sharp ray dips the horizon into the brightest sunlight, followed by the twilight, which looks like the deepest darkness.

Wozzeck
A fire! A fire! That goes from the earth to the sky and a roar like trumpets. How it goes!

ANDRES
with hypocritical indifference
The sun is down, inside they are drumming.

Wozzeck
Silence, all quiet, as if the world was dead.

ANDRES
Night! We have to go home!

Both go slowly.


Transformation - orchestra postlude
and beginning military music behind the scene

THIRD SCENE
Mary's room. In the evening. The military music is approaching. Marie with her child by the arm near the window.

MARIE
Tschin Bum, Tschin Bum, Bum, Bum, Bum! Do you hear boy? Here they come!

The military music, with the drum major at the top, enters the street in front of Mary's window.

MARCRET
on the street, looks in through the window and talks to Marie
What a man! Like a tree!

MARIE
speaks out the window
He stands on his feet like a lion.

The drum major greets in. Marie waves out friendly.

MARCRET
Oh, what kind eyes, woman neighbor! This is something you are not used to it!

MARIE
is singing to himself
Soldiers, soldiers
are nice guys!

MARCRET
Your eyes shine!

MARIE
And if! What is your concern? Take your eyes to the Jew and let them clean them: maybe they will shine, that you can 'sell' them for two buttons.

MARCRET
What you, you "Frau Jungfer! I'm an honest person, but you know, everyone, you look through seven pairs of leather pants!

MARIE
she yells
Luder!
hits the window. The military music has suddenly become inaudible as a result of the slammed window. Marie is alone with the child.
Come, my boy! What people want! You are just a poor 'whore child and make your mother so much joy with your dishonest face!
weighs the child
Eia popeia ...
Girl, what are you starting now?
Have a little child and no man!
What, I ask,
I sing all night:
Eia popeia, my sweet Bu ',
Do not give me a man anything!

Hansel, turn on your six white horses
Give them food to eat,
No Haber eat them,
No water to drink,
It must be loud, cool wine!

The child fell asleep.

It must be loud, cool wine!

Marie lost in thought. There is a knock on the window. Marie is driving together.

MARIE
Who's there?
jumping up
Is it you, Franz?
opening the window
Come in!

Wozzeck
Can not! Must in the Kasern '!

MARIE
Hast cut for the Major?

Wozzeck
Yes, Marie. Oh ...

MARIE
What do you have, Franz? You look so disturbed?

Wozzeck
Shut up, shut up! I have it out! It was a picture in the sky, and all in glowing! I am on the track of many things!

MARIE
Man!

Wozzeck
And now everything's dark, dark ... Marie, it was something again,
he considered
perhaps…
mysteriously
It is not written, "And look, the smoke went up from the land like a smoke from the furnace."

MARIE
Franz!

Wozzeck
It came after me to the city.
in the highest state of exaltation
What's that supposed to be?!

MARIE
completely perplexed, trying to calm him down
Franz! Franz!
hold out the boy
Your boy!

Wozzeck
absently
My boy ...
without looking at him
My boy ... I have to leave now.
hurry off

MARIE
walks away from the window, alone with the child, looks at it painfully
The man! So stunned! He did not look at his child! He still grabs the thoughts! What are you so quiet, boy. Are you afraid? It gets so dark, you think you are blind; otherwise the Lantern seems to come in!
Breaking out
Oh! We poor people. I can not stand it. It shivers me!
crashes to the door

Transfiguration - Orchestra Transition

FOURTH SCENE

Study room of the doctor. Sunny afternoon. Wozzeck enters. The doctor rushes to meet Wozzeck.

DOCTOR
What do I experience, Wozzeck? A man a word? Egg, egg, egg!

Wozzeck
What, doctor?

DOCTOR
I saw it, Wozzeck, he coughed again, coughed in the street, barked like a dog! Do I go to him every day for three groschen? Wozzeck! This is bad! The world is bad, very bad! Oh!

Wozzeck
But Doctor, if nature comes to you!

DOCTOR
irascible
Nature is coming! Nature is coming! Superstition, abominable superstition! Did not I prove that the diaphragm is subject to the will?
starting again
Nature, Wozzeck! Man is free! In man, individuality is transformed into freedom!
Shaking his head, more to himself
Have to cough!
again to Wozzeck
Has he already eaten his beans, Wozzeck? Nothing but beans, nothing but legumes! Remember it! Next week we will start with poultry meat. There is a revolution in science:
enumerating on the fingers
Protein, fats, carbohydrates; namely: Oxyaldehydanhydride ...
suddenly outraged
But, he coughed again!
joins Wozzeck; suddenly controlling
No! I'm not angry, annoying is unhealthy, is unscientific! I am quite calm, my pulse has its usual sixty, care, who will be angry with a man! If it were still a newt, one becomes indisposed.
again violently
But, but, Wozzeck, he should not have coughed!

Wozzeck
placating the doctor
You see, Doctor, sometimes you have such a character, such a structure; but with nature it's different.
crackles with his fingers
See you, with nature ... that's how ... how can I say ... for example: If nature ...

DOCTOR
Wozzeck, He philosophizes again! What? If nature ...

Wozzeck
when nature is out, when the world gets so dark you have to touch your hands with it, you think it's going to run like spider webs. Oh, if something is and yet is not! Oh, oh, Marie! When everything is dark, and
make a few big steps through the room with outstretched arms
only a red glow in the west, as if from a forge: what should one hold to?

DOCTOR
Guy, he feels around with his feet like spider feet.

Wozzeck
stay close to the doctor, confidentially
Doctor. When the sun is at noon, and it is as if the world were on fire, a terrible voice has already spoken to me.

DOCTOR
Wozzeck, he has an aberration ...

Wozzeck
interrupts the doctor
The sponges! Have you already seen the rings of the sponges on the ground? Line circles ... figures ... who could read this!

DOCTOR
Wozzeck, He's coming to the fool's house. He has a nice fixed idea, a delicious Aberratio mentalis partialis, second species! Very well trained! Wozzeck, he gets even more allowance! Does he still do everything else ?: Shave his captain? Is it busy catching newts? Eats his beans?

Wozzeck
Always tidy, doctor. because the menage money gets the woman: That's why I do it!

DOCTOR
He is an interesting case, he considers himself only good! Wozzeck, he'll get another dime more allowance. What does He have to do? What does he have to do? What?

Wozzeck
without worrying about the doctor
Oh, Marie!

DOCTOR
Eat beans, then eat poultry meat, do not cough, shave his captain, between maintain the fixed idea!
more and more in ecstasy
Oh! my theory! Oh my glory! I will be immortal! Immortal! Immortal!
in the highest ecstasy
Immortal!
suddenly quite objectively, approaching Wozzeck
Wozzeck, show me now the tongue!
Wozzeck obeys.

Transformation - Orchestra Introduction

FIFTH SCENE
Street in front of Mary's door. Dusk.

MARIE
stands in admiration of the drum major
Go in front of you.
Drum Major in Stance, make some marching steps
About the breast like a bull and a beard like a lion. So is no one! I am proud of all women!

DRUM MAJOR
If only I have the big plume on Sunday, and the white glove! Gosh! The prince always says, "Man! He's a guy! "

MARIE
scornfully
What!
step in front of him. admiring
Man!

DRUM MAJOR
And you are also a woman! Zounds We want to create a breed of drum majors. What?!
he embraces them

MARIE
Let me!
I want to break free. They wrestle with each other

DRUM MAJOR
Wild animal!

MARIE
breaks free
Do not touch me!

DRUM MAJOR
straightens up in size and comes close to Marie; urgently
Does the devil look out of your eyes ?!
he embraces them again, this time with almost imminent determination

MARIE
All right, it's all one!
She falls into his arms and disappears with him in the open front door
 


SECOND ACT

FIRST SCENE
Mary's room. Morning, sunshine. Marie, her child on her lap, holds a piece of mirror in her hand and looks at it.

MARIE
What the stones shine? What kind of soft? What did he say?
considered; to her boy, who has moved
Sleep, boy! Close your eyes ...
The child hides his eyes behind his hands
Firmly. Even firmer! Stay the way you are!
The child is moving again
Silence, or he'll catch you!

Girl, shut it up!
there's a gypsy bus,
Guide you by the hand
Fort in the gypsy country.
The child, in the greatest fear, has hidden his head in the folds of his mother's dress, where it keeps quite still. Marie looks back in the mirror
It's certainly gold. We have only one corner in the far and a bit of mirror.
Breaking out
And yet I have such a red mouth, as the great Madams with their mirrors from top to bottom, and their beautiful Lord, who kiss their hands; but I am only a poor woman!
The child straightens up; Marie annoying
Quiet! Boy! Close your eyes!
flashes with the mirror
Sleeping angels; like it's on the wall.
The child does not obey; Marie almost angry
Close your eyes! Or it sees you, that you become blind ...

flashes again with the mirror. - Wozzeck enters, behind Marie. Marie, who, like the intimidated child, waits motionless, the effect of her playing with the mirror, does not see Wozzeck at first. Suddenly she opens up, hands on her ears.

Wozzeck
What is there?

MARIE
Nothing!

Wozzeck
It shines under your fingers.

MARIE
An earring ... found it ...

Wozzeck
looks at the earring ring
I have not found anything like that yet
something threatening
two at a time.

MARIE
Am I a bad person?

Wozzeck
placatory
It's good, Marie! It's good
turns to Jack
What the boy always sleeps! Grab him under his cromchen, the chair presses him. The bright drops stand on his forehead ... Nothing but work under the sun, even sweat in his sleep. We poor people!
in a completely different tone
There's money again, Marie,
count it in her hands
the pay and what of the captain and the doctor.

MARIE
God forgive, Franz.

Wozzeck
I have to go, Marie ... Adies!
from

MARIE
alone
I'm a bad person. I can stab myself. Oh! what world! Everything goes to hell: husband and wife and child!

Transformation - orchestra postlude

SECOND SCENE
Street in the city. Day. The captain and the doctor meet.

CAPTAIN
even from a distance
Where is the hurry, dearest Mr. Sargnagel?

DOCTOR
very pressed
Where's the slow, dearest Mr. Exercisegel?

CAPTAIN
Take your time
I want to catch up with the doctor, who goes on quickly

DOCTOR
Hurry!

CAPTAIN
Do not run like that! Uff!
draws deep and noisy breath
Do not run! A good person does not go so fast. A good person…

DOCTOR
Pressed, pressed!

CAPTAIN
A good ... you are rushing behind the death d'you!

DOCTOR
keeping something steady while walking so that the captain catches up with him, annoying
I can not steal my time.

CAPTAIN
A good person ...

DOCTOR
Press, press, press!

CAPTAIN
caught the doctor several times at the skirt
But do not run like that, Mr. Sargnagel! You drag your legs off the pavement.
finally arrest the doctor; panting deeply between the words
Allow me to live a human life
calming down slowly
save
deep breath

DOCTOR
slowly moving on, decides to give the captain a hearing
Woman, dead in four weeks!
stops again, mysteriously
Cancer uteri. I already had twenty such patients
I want to continue
In four weeks ...

CAPTAIN
Doctor, do not scare me! There are already people died in shock, the pure bright fright!

DOCTOR
In four weeks! Is an interesting drug.

CAPTAIN
Oh oh oh!

DOCTOR
standing still, cold-blooded examining the captain
And you yourself! Hm! Bloated, fat, thick neck, apoplectic constitution! Yes, Captain,
mysteriously
You can get an Apoplexia cerebri; But you may only get them on one side. Yes! They can only be paralyzed on one side,
again very mysterious
or at best only below!

CAPTAIN
groaning
To God ...

DOCTOR
overflowing, enthusiastic
Yes! That's about your prospects for the next four weeks! By the way, I can assure you that you will give one of the interesting cases, and if God wants your tongue partially paralyzed, then we will do the most immortal experiments.
Captain wants to hurry away, captain reaches quickly for the doctor and holds him fast.

CAPTAIN
Stop, doctor! I will not let you! Nail in the coffin! Dead friend! In four weeks?
completely breathless
There are already people in the pure fright ... Doctor!
coughs with excitement and effort. Doctor taps the captain on the back to ease the cough, Hauptmann stirred
I already see the people with the sackcloths in front of my eyes.
always stirred
But they will say, "He was a good man, a good man."

Wozzeck walks quickly, saluting. The doctor, who is embarrassed and distracted, sees Wozzeck

DOCTOR
Hey, Wozzeck!
Wozzeck stops
What is he so rushing past us?
Wozzeck salutes and wants to leave again
Stay, Wozzeck!

Wozzeck finally stops and comes back slowly.

CAPTAIN
recaptured, to Wozzeck
He walks like an open razor through the distance, you cut at him!
Wozzeck looks closer, who stands dumb and serious. Turns therefore - a bit ashamed - to the doctor. With an allusion to his beard
He runs as if he had shaved the beards of all universities, and would be hanged, as long as one last hair ...

CAPTAIN
Yeah right,
whistles
the long beards ... what did I want to say?
thinking, whistling here and there in thought
the long beards ...

DOCTOR
citing
"A long beard under the chin" ... hm! ... already Pliny speaks of it.
Hauptmann gets on it by the doctor's allusion and beats his forehead
You have to get it off the soldiers ...

CAPTAIN
very significant
Ha! I have it ... the long beards! What's up, Wozzeck?

Doctor from here amuses the captain with amusement, humming his theme every now and then, marking the beat with his cane, like a drumstick

Has not he found a hair from a beard in his bowl? Haha! He understands me? A hair of a man, the beard of a sapper, or a sergeant, or a drum major.

DOCTOR
Hey, Wozzeck? But he has a good wife?

Wozzeck
What do you mean, Doctor, and you, Captain ?!

CAPTAIN
What the guy does for a face! Now! If not in the soup, but if He hurries and runs around the corner, He may still find one on a pair of lips! A hair namely! By the way, a pair of lips! Oh, I once felt the love! - But, dude, he's chalk white!

Wozzeck
Captain, I'm a poor devil! Have nothing else in this world! Captain, if you have fun ...

CAPTAIN
irascible
Fun? I? That you the ...

Wozzeck
Captain, the earth is some hellish ...

CAPTAIN
Fun, guy? Does he want to shoot himself?

Wozzeck
... hell is cold against it.

DOCTOR
The pulse, Wozzeck!
takes Wozzeck's pulse
Small ... hard ... arrhythmic.

CAPTAIN
He stings me with his eyes!

Wozzeck
Mr. Captain ...
escapes his hand to the doctor

CAPTAIN
I'm fine with Him because He's a good person ...

Wozzeck
to himself, but with an increase
It is possible a lot ...

DOCTOR
Wozzeck examines
Face MuscleSolid, tense, eyeballs.

CAPTAIN
touched
... Wozzeck, a good man ...

Wozzeck
Man ... much is possible ... God in heaven! You might feel like hanging up! Then you would know what you are!
crashes, without greeting

CAPTAIN
looks at Wozzeck
How the guy runs and his shadow behind!

DOCTOR
He is a phenomenon, this Wozzeck!

CAPTAIN
I am completely deprived of man! And how desperate! I do not like that! A good person is grateful to God; a good person also has no courage!
with relationship to Wozzeck
Only a dog has courage!
join the doctor, who fears a new outburst of emotion and sets himself in motion with this word of the captain as if he were in the hurry at the beginning of the scene. Captain already in retirement
Only a dog! ...
behind the scene
Dogfish ...

Transformation - Conductive Beats and Chamber Orchestra Prelude

THIRD SCENE
Street in front of Mary's door. Bad day. Marie is at her door. Wozzeck approaches her quickly on the sidewalk.

MARIE
Good day, Franz.

Wozzeck
She looks at her and shakes her head
I can not see anything, I can not see anything. Oh, you have to see it, you have to be able to reach it with your fists!

MARIE
What's up, Franz?

Wozzeck
Are you still, Marie ?! A sin, so thick and wide. It must stink that you can smoke the angels out to heaven. But you have a red mouth, a red mouth ... no bubble on it?

MARIE
You are brain-mad, Franz, I'm afraid ...

Wozzeck
You are beautiful "like sin." But can the deadly sin be so beautiful, Marie?
suddenly points to a spot in front of the door, driving up
There! Did he confess
in stance
so so?

MARIE
I can not ban people from the alley.

Wozzeck
Devil! Did he stand there?

MARIE
While the day is long and the age is long, many people can stand in one place, one after the other.

Wozzeck
I saw him!

MARIE
You can see a lot when you have two eyes and when you are not blind and when the sun is shining.

Wozzeck
who can control himself less and less, erupting
You with him!

MARIE
And though!

Wozzeck
you go on, scream
Human!

MARIE
Do not touch me!
Wozzeck slowly lets his raised hand sink
Better a knife in the body, as a hand on me. My dad did not dare when I was ten years old ...
into the house

Wozzeck
you look straight ahead
"Better a knife" ...
shyly whispering
Man is an abyss, it dumbles you when you look down
in the departing
I'm dizzy ...

Transformation - Transitory measures and orchestra prelude (Ländler)

FOURTH SCENE
Pub garden. Late night. The Wirtshausmusik on the stage has just finished the Ländler of the orchestra audition. Boys, soldiers and maids on the dance floor, some dancing, some watching.

FIRST HANDWERKSBURSCHE
I've got a shirt on, that's not mine,

SECOND HANDWERKSBURSCHE
That's not my ...

FIRST HANDWERKSBURSCHE
And my soul stinks of brandy.

The lads, soldiers and maids leisurely leave the dance floor and gather in groups. A group around the two drunken craftsmen.

FIRST HANDWERKSBURSCHE
My soul, my immortal soul, stinks of brandy! She stinks, and I do not know why? Why is the world so sad? Even the money goes into decay!

SECOND HANDWERKSBURSCHE
Forget Me Not! Brothers! Friendship!
hug him
Why is the world so beautiful! I want it, our noses are two bouteilles, and we could pour each other in the neck. The whole world is pink! Brandy, that's my life!

FIRST HANDWERKSBURSCHE
My soul, my immortal soul stinks. Oh! This is sad, sad, sad, sad
falls asleep

Boys, soldiers and maids return to the dance floor and start dancing. Among them Marie and the drum major. Wozzeck enters hastily, sees Marie, who is working in front of the Tarnbourmajor.

Wozzeck
He! You! Devil!

MARIE
in the past
Always, always!

Wozzeck
Always closed, always closed! «
sinks on a bench near the dance floor. To himself
Turn around! Roll around! Why does not God extinguish the sun? ... Everything rolls over each other in fornication: man and woman, man and cattle!
looks again at the dance floor
Woman! Woman! The woman is hot! is hot! hot!
goes up violently
How he touches her! At her body! And she laughs!

MARIE, TAMBOURMA JOR
Always close! Always close!

Wozzeck
gets into more and more excitement
Damn it!
Finally, he can not hold on to himself and wants to fall on the dance floor
I ...
but omits it, since the dance is over. He sits down again.

BURSCHEN, SOLDIERS
A hunter from the Palatinate
Once ride through a green forest!
Halli, Hello, Halli, Hello!
Yes, the hunt is funny,
All on greener
Haid! Hello Hello! Hello Hello!

ANDRES
taking the guitar, performing as the choir's conductor and giving a ritardando so that he can insert into the fading chord of the choir, lamenting
O daughter, dear daughter,
What did you think,
That you to the coachman
And the truck driver hanged?
Hello!

GUYS, SOLDIERS
Yes, the hunt is funny,
All on green Haid!
Hello Hello! Hello Hello!

ANDRES
Hello!
returns the guitar to the player of the Wirtshausmusik and turns to the Wozzeck

Wozzeck
What's the time?

ANDRES
Eleven o'clock!

Wozzeck
So? I mean, it has to be later! Time will be a long while at the Kurzweil ...

ANDRES
What are you sitting in front of the door?

Wozzeck
I'm sitting there well. There are some people 'close to the door and do not know until you carry them out the door, the feet' ahead!

ANDRES
You are sitting hard.

Wozzeck
Well, I sit, and in the cool grave, there I lie even better ...

ANDRES
Are you drunk?

Wozzeck
No, unfortunately, do not bring it,

Andres, bored and already thinking about dancing, turns away from Wozzeck whistling. The first craftsman, who has now woken up, gets on a table and begins to preach melodramatically accompanied by the pub music on stage.

FIRST HANDWERKSBURSCHE
However, if a wanderer who is leaning against the stream of time or the divine wisdom realizes itself and asks: Why is man?
with pathos
But truly, beloved listeners, I say to you:
ecstatically
It is fine that way! For what should the husbandman, the cooper, the tailor, and the doctor have lived, if God had not made man? What should the tailor have lived on had he not implanted in man the feeling of modesty? What would the soldier and the landlord, if He had not equipped him with the need of the dead-shots and the humidity? Therefore, beloved ones, do not doubt; for everything is lovely and fine ... But everything earthly is vain; even the money goes into decay ... And my soul stinks of brandy.

General yelling! The speaker is surrounded and led away by a part of the lads. The others go singing, partly to the dance floor, partly to the tables in the background.

BURSCHEN, SOLDIERS
Yes, the hunt is funny,

ANDRES
O daughter, dear daughter!

The fool suddenly appears and approaches Wozzeck, who, indifferent to the proceedings, sat on the bench in front. The fool presses against Wozzeck. The instrumentalists of pub music are beginning to tune their instruments.

THE FOOL
Funny funny ...

Wozzeck initially ignores the fool.

THE FOOL
... but it smells ...

Wozzeck
Fool, what do you want?

DAR NARR
I smell, I smell blood!

Wozzeck
Blood? ... blood, blood!

The lads, maids and soldiers, among them Marie and the Tambourrnajor, begin to dance again.

Wozzeck
I blush in front of my eyes. I feel as if they were all rolling over each other ...

Transformation - orchestra postlude

FIFTH SCENE
Guardhouse in the barracks. At night. Wortloster choir of sleeping soldiers, initially with the curtain closed. Andres lies with Wozzeck on a bunk and sleeps.

Wozzeck
moans in sleep
Oh! Oh!
irascible
Andres! I can not sleep.

In the words of Wozzeck, the sleeping soldiers become restless, but without waking up.

Wozzeck
If I close my eyes, then I always see them, and I keep listening to the violins, all the time. And then it speaks out of the wall ... Do not you hear anything, Andres? How does it go and jump?

ANDRES
Let her dance!

Wozzeck
And in between, it always flashes like a knife, like a knife!

ANDRES
Sleep, fool!

Wozzeck
My Lord and God,
pray
"And do not tempt us, Amen!"

Wordless song of the sleeping soldiers

DRUM MAJOR
rumbles, very tipsy, in
I'm a man! I have a wife, I tell him, a woman! To the breed of Tarnbourmajors! A bosom and thighs! and everything firmly. The eyes like glowing coals. In short, a woman, I tell him ...

ANDRES
Hey! Who is it?

DRUM MAJOR
Ask the Wozzeck!
pull out a bottle of liquor from the bag, drink from it and keep it to the Wozzeck
There, dude, drink! I want, the world would be schnapps, schnapps, the man has to drink!
drinks again
Drink up, dude, drink!
Wozzeck looks away and whistles.

DRUM MAJOR
screaming
Guy, should I pull the tongue out of your throat and wrap it around you?
They wrestle with each other. Wozzeck is subject. The drum major chokes the lying on the ground Wozzeck
Should I still give you as much breath as an old woman's fart?
bent over Wozzeck
Should I ...
Wozzeck sinks exhausted. The drum major leaves Wozzeck, straightens up and pulls the liquor bottle out of his pocket
Now the guy is supposed to whistle!
drinks again
Dark blue, he should whistle!
whistles the same melody as Wozzeck used to, triumphant
What kind of man am I!
turns to leave and rumbles out the door. Wozzeck meanwhile rose slowly and sat on his bunk.

A SOLDIER
pointing to Wozzeck
He has his fat!
She turns around and falls asleep

ANDRES
He is bleeding. , ,
She turns around and falls asleep

Wozzeck
One after the other!
Wozzeck stays sitting and stares to himself. The other soldiers, who had raised themselves during the wrestling match, have laid down after the departure of the drum major and are now sleeping again.




THIRD ACT

FIRST SCENE
Mariens Stube. It's night. Candlelight. Marie is sitting at the table leafing through the Bible; the child nearby. She reads

MARIE in the Bible
And no deceit has been invented in his mouth "... Lord God! Lord God! Do not look at me!
flipping on.
"But the Pharisees brought a wife to him, so lived in adultery. Jesus said, "I will not condemn you, go, and sin no more." "Lord God!
beats his hands in front of his face. The child clings to Marie.
The boy gives me a stab in the heart. Fort!
pushes the child away from it
boast in the sun!
suddenly milder
No, come, come here!
pulls the child to himself
Join me! "Once upon a time there was a poor child and had no father and no mother ... everything was dead and there was no one in the world and it was starving and crying day and night. And because there was no one left in the world ... "Franz did not come, yesterday, yesterday, not today ...
scrolls hastily in the Bible
How is it written about the Magdalene? , , ,"And knelt at his feet, and wept and kissed his feet, and wept them with tears, and anointed them with salves." Savior
slaps himself on the breast
! I want to anoint your feet! Savior! You have mercy on them, have mercy on me too!

Transformation - Orchestral

Epilogue SECOND SCENE Forest
path at the pond. It is getting dark. Marie comes with Wozzeck from the right.

MARIE
There on the left is the city. It's still far. Come faster!

WOZZECK
You're supposed to stay, Marie. Come sit down.

MARIE
But I have to go.

WOZZECK
Come on.
They sit down
You've gone far, Marie. Should not your feet be sore? It's still here! And so dark. - Remember, Marie, how long is it that we know each other?

MARIE
At Pentecost three years.

WOZZECK
And what do you think, how long will it take?

MARIE (
jumping up)
I have to go.

WOZZECK
Are you afraid, Marie? And are you religious?
laughs
and good! And faithful!
retires to the seat; is leaning back, grave, to Marie
What sweet lips you have, Marie!
kisses her
Heaven I'd give it and bliss if I kiss you so often! But I'm not allowed! What are you trembling?

MARIE
The night dew falls.

WOZZECK
whispers to himself
Who is cold, does not freeze anymore! You will not feel cold in the morning dew.

MARIE
What are you saying?

Wozzeck
Nothing.

Long silence. The moon is rising.

MARIE
How the moon rises red!

WOZZECK
Like a bloody iron!
pull a knife

MARIE
What tremble?
jump on
What do you want?

WOZZECK: Not
me, Marie! And no one else either!
she grabs her and pushes the knife into her throat.

MARIE
Help!
sinks down. Wozzeck leans over her. Marie dies.

WOZZECK
dead!
straightens up and falls noiselessly


Transfiguration - orchestral transition (H)

THIRD SCENE
A tavern. Night. Weak light. Whores, including Margret, and boys dance a wild fast polka. Wozzeck is sitting at one of the tables.

WOZZECK
Dances All; just dance, jump, sweat and stink, the devil gets you again!
a glass of wine falls down;
Overriding the pianist Three riders rode well to the Rhine,
with a woman landlady there they came.
My wine is good, my beer is clear,
my little daughter is on the. , ,
Damn it!
jump up
, Margret!
dances a few jumps with Margret. Stop suddenly
Come, sit down, Margret!
lead her to his table and pull her down into his lap
Margret, you are so hot
she presses to her;
Just let her go . You'll get cold, too! Can not sing?

MARGRET accompanied
by the pianist on stage, singing
In 'Schwabenland', I do not like it,
And I do not wear long dresses,
Because long dresses, pointed shoes,
They do not come to a maid.

WOZZECK
driving up
No!no shoes, you can also walk in the hell out of it! I want to fight today, shout ...

MARGRET
But what's on your hand?

Wozzeck
I? I?

MARGRET
red! Blood!

WOZZECK
blood? Blood?

People are standing around her.

MARGRET
Of course ... blood!

WOZZECK
I think I've cut myself, because on the right hand ...

MARGRET
How's the elbow?

WOZZECK
I wiped it off.

BURSCHEN
With the right hand on the right arm?

WOZZECK
What do you want? What are you doing?

MARGRET
Phew! Phew! It stinks of human blood!

WOZZECK
Am I a murderer?

BURSCHEN
Blood, blood, blood, blood!

THIREN
Of course, it stinks of human blood !

WOZZECK
place! or who the hell is going!
crashes out

Transformation - Orchestral Aftermath

FOURTH SCENE Forest
path at the pond. Moonlit night as before. Wozzeck comes waddling up quickly. Remains searching.

WOZZECK
The knife? Where is the knife? I left it ... Closer, even closer. I dread it! Something is stirring. Quiet! Everything still and dead ... murderer! Killer! Ha!That's where it's calling. No, I myself,
staggers a few steps further and pushes on the body
Marie! Marie! What do you have for a red string around the neck? Have you earned the red collar, like the earring, with your sin! What are the black hairs hanging on you so wildly? Killer! Killer! They will search for me ... The knife betrays me!
Feverishly
there, there's
the pond
! Down there
the knife throws in.
It dives into the dark water like a stone.
The moon breaks blood-red behind the clouds. Wozzeck looks up
But the moon betrays me ... the moon is bloody. Does the whole world want to blab it ?! - The knife, it is too far forward, they find it when bathing or when they dive for shells. I'm
in the pond
I do not think so ... But I have to wash myself. I am bloody. As a spot. , ,and another one. Sore! Sore! I wash with blood! The water is blood ... blood ...
He drowns.

The doctor appears, the captain follows him.

MAIN MAN
Stop!

DOCTOR
stops
you listening? There!

HEADMAN
Jesus! That was a sound.
will also stand

DOCTOR pointing
to the pond
Yes, there !.

MAIN MAN
It's the water in the pond. The water is calling. It has long drowned no one. Come, doctor! It is not good to hear.
wants to pull the doctor with him

DOCTOR
but stops and listens
That moans as a dying man. Somebody drowns!

CAPTAIN
Creepy! The moon is red and the fog gray. Listen? now the cuckold again.

DOCTOR
Stiller ... now very quiet.

MAIN MAN
Come! Come quickly.
pulls the Doctor

Transformation - Orchestra Epilogue: Invention via a key


FIFTH SCENE
Street in front of Mary's door. Bright morning. Sunshine. Children play and make a noise. Riding Mary's boy on a hobbyhorse.

THE PLAYING CHILDREN
Ringel, Ringel, Rosenkranz, Ringelreih'n!
Ringel, Ringel, Rosary, Rin ...

interrupt song and play, other children storm in

ONE OF YOU
Käthe! , , ,The Marie ...

SECOND CHILD
What is?

FIRST CHILD Does
not it know? They are all 'naus.

THIRD CHILD
to Mary's boys
You! Your mother is dead!

MARIENS KNABE
always riding
Hopp, hopp! Hurry up! Hurry up!

SECOND CHILD
Where is she?

FIRST CHILD
Outside, she lies on the path beside the pond.

THIRD
Come, look!

All children run away.

MARIENS KNABE
rides
Hopp, hopp! Hurry up! Hurry up!

hesitate a moment and then rides after the other children.