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Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen (1864) Op. 32 no.2


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9 Lieder und Gesänge (Op.32)


Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen

Nicht mehr zu dir zu gehen,
Beschloß ich und beschwor ich,
Und gehe jeden Abend,
Denn jede Kraft und jeden Halt verlor ich.
Ich möchte nicht mehr leben,
Möcht’ augenblicks verderben,
Und möchte doch auch leben
Für dich, mit dir, und nimmer, nimmer sterben.
Ach, rede, sprich ein Wort nur,
Ein einziges, ein klares;
Gib Leben oder Tod mir,
Nur dein Gefühl enthülle mir, dein wahres!

Never to go to you again

Never to go to you again,
So I decided and so I vowed,
And go each evening,
For I’ve lost all strength and all resolve.
I wish to live no more,
Would sooner die at once,
And yet would sooner live
For you, with you, and never, never die.
Ah! speak, say but a word,
A single one, a clear one;
Give me life or death,
But show me how you really feel!
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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