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Vier Lieder (Mahler, Alma)


O zürne nicht, wenn mein Begehren
dunkel aus seinen Grenzen bricht,
soll es uns selber nicht verzehren,
muß es heraus ans Licht!
Fühlst ja, wie all mein Innres brandet,
und wenn herauf der Aufruhr bricht,
jäh über deinen Frieden strandet,
dann bebst du aber du zürnst mir nicht.


O do not be angry if my desire
Bursts darkly out of its bounds,
To avoid consuming us both,
It must break out into light!
You feel how my inner feelings surge,
And when the tumult breaks surface
And suddenly washes over your peace –
You quiver, but do not rail at me.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Alma Maria Mahler Gropius Werfel (born Alma Margaretha Maria Schindler; 31 August 1879 – 11 December 1964) was a Viennese-born composer, author, editor and socialite. She composed at least 17 songs for voice and piano. She was married to Gustav Mahler.

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Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel was a German poet and writer. His poems use a range of metrical patterns, and have been set to music by composers such as Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, and Kurt Weill. His poetry often focused on themes of love and sensuality, and he was tried for obscenity and blasphemy in the late 1890s.

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