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Schwung (1928)


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Gesänge des Orients (Op. 77)


Schwung

Gebt mir meinen Becher! Seht, er überstrahlt
Die blasse Lampe der Vernunft, so wie
Die Sonne die Gestirne überstrahlt!
Gebt mir meinen Becher! Sämtliche Gebete
Meines Breviers will ich vergessen, alle
Suren des Korans stürz ich in den Wein!
Gebt mir meinen Becher! Und Gesang erschalle
Und dringe zu den tanzenden Sphären auf mit mächtigem
Schwung! Ich bin der Herr der Welt!

Vitality

Pass me my beaker! See, it outshines
The pale lamp of reason, just as
The sun outshines the stars!
Pass me my beaker! All the prayers
In my breviary I shall forget, all the
Suras of the Koran I shall immerse in the wine!
Pass me my beaker! And let song ring out
And soar to the dancing spheres
Mightily! I am master of the world!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is particularly well-known for his operas, Lieder, and tone poems. 

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