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Alt-Spanisch (1940) Op. 38 no.3

Alt-Spanisch

Steht ein Mädchen an dem Fenster,
In die Ferne schweift ihr Blick.
Blaß die Wangen, schwer ihr Herze,
Singt sie von entschwundnem Glück:
‘Mein Lieb kehrt nicht zurück!’
Der Abend dämmert sacht,
Ein Stern ersehnt die Nacht.
Und im Winde klinget leise eine bange Traummusik.
Wie ein Echo tönt die Weise:
‘Mein Lieb kehrt nicht zurück!’

Old Spanish

A girl stands at her window,
She gazes into the distance.
With pale cheeks and heavy heart
She sings of past happiness:
‘My love does not return!’
Evening draws in gently,
A star yearns for night,
And in the wind, gently, a fearful dream music can be heard.
Like an echo the melody sounds:
‘My love does not return!’
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold was an Austrian-born composer and conductor, and a notable figure in the history of Hollywood as a composer for films.

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