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Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut (1869) Op.52 no.2


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Liebeslieder-Walzer (Op.52)


Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut

Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut
Heftig angetrieben;
Wer da nicht zu seufzen weiƟ,
Lernt es unterm Lieben.

The wildly lashed waves

The wildly lashed waves
dash against the rocks;
whoever has not learnt to sigh
will learn it when he loves.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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Poet

Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.


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