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Nicht länger kann ich singen, denn der Wind (1896) no.42

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Italienisches Liederbuch

Nicht länger kann ich singen, denn der Wind

Nicht länger kann ich singen, denn der Wind
Weht stark und macht dem Atem was zu schaffen.
Auch fürcht’ ich, dass die Zeit umsonst verrinnt.
Ja wär’ ich sicher, ging’ ich jetzt nicht schlafen.
Ja wüsst’ ich was, würd ich nicht heimspazieren
Und einsam diese schöne Zeit verlieren.

I can sing no more, for the wind

I can sing no more, for the wind
Blows fiercely and makes breathing hard.
I fear too that time slips by in vain.
If I were sure, I should not now go to bed.
If I really knew, I should not walk home
And waste this lovely time in solitude.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)


Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin. He is particularly known for his art song, or Lieder. His Lieder display a concentrated expressive intensity unique to Wolf. 

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Paul Johann Ludwig von Heyse was a distinguished German writer and translator. A member of two important literary societies, the Tunnel über der Spree in Berlin and Die Krokodile in Munich, he wrote novels, poetry, 177 short stories, and about sixty dramas. The sum of Heyse's many and varied productions made him a dominant figure among German men of letters. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910 "as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories." Wirsen, one of the Nobel judges, said that "Germany has not had a greater literary genius since Goethe." Heyse is the fifth oldest laureate in literature, after Doris Lessing, Theodor Mommsen, Alice Munro and Jaroslav Seifert.

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