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Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang (1860) Op. 17 no.11

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Vier Gesänge (Op. 17)

Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang

Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang
Den Lieb’ und Sehnsucht schwellen,
Er dringt zum Herzen tief und bang
Und läßt das Auge quellen.
O rinnet, Tränen, nur herab,
O schlage Herz, mit Beben!
Es sanken Lieb’ und Glück ins Grab,
Verloren ist das Leben!

The rich sound of a harp

The rich sound of a harp rings out,
Increasing love and longing,
Deep and quivering, it pierces my heart
And causes tears to well in my eyes.
Flow down my cheeks, O tears,
Throb and tremble, O heart!
Love and happiness sank into the grave,
My life is lost!

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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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