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Die grüne Hopfenranke (1869) Op.52 no.5


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Liebeslieder-Walzer (Op.52)


Die grüne Hopfenranke

Die grüne Hopfenranke
Sie schlängelt auf der Erde hin.
Die junge, schöne Dirne,
So traurig ist ihr Sinn!
Du höre, grüne Ranke!
Was hebst du dich nicht himmelwärts?
Du höre, schöne Dirne!
Was ist so schwer dein Herz?
Wie höbe sich die Ranke
Der keine Stütze Kraft verleiht?
Wie wäre die Dirne fröhlich,
Wenn ihr der Liebste weit?

The green tendrils of the vine

The green tendrils of the vine
creep low along the ground.
How gloomy, too,
the lovely young girl looks!
Why, green tendrils!
Why do you not stretch up to the sky?
Why, lovely girl!
Why is your heart so heavy?
How can the vine grow tall
without support?
How can the girl be joyful,
when her lover’s far away?
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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