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Nochnoj zefir ('Night zephyr') (1844)

Nochnoj zefir ('Night zephyr')

Nochnoj zefir
struit `efir,
Shumit,
Bezhit,
Gvadalkvivir.
Vot vzoshla luna zlataja,
Tishe... chu... gitary zvon...
Vot ispanka molodaja
Operlasja na balkon.
Nochnoj zefir
Struit `efir,
Shumit,
Bezhit
Gvadalkvivir.
Skin' mantil'ju, angel milyj,
I javis', kak jarkij den'!
Skvoz' chugunnye perily
Nozhku divnuju proden'!
Nochnoj zefir
Struit `efir,
Shumit,
Bezhit,
Gvadalkvivir.

Night zephyr

The nocturnal zephyr
Stirs the ether,
Roars
And runs
The Guadalquivir.
The golden moon has risen,
Quiet!... Listen!... The sound of a guitar…
And a young Spanish girl
Leans against the balcony.
The nocturnal zephyr
Stirs the ether,
Roars
And runs
The Guadalquivir.
Throw down your mantilla, sweet angel,
And appear as radiant as the day!
Through the iron railings,
Put your wondrous little foot!
The nocturnal zephyr
Stirs the ether,
Roars
And runs
The Guadalquivir.

Composer

Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky was a 19th-century Russian composer. He bridged the gap in Russian opera composition between Mikhail Glinka and the later generation of The Five and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


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Poet

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His father, Sergey Lvovich Pushkin, belonged to Pushkin noble families. A maternal great-grandfather was African-born general Abram Petrovich Gannibal. He published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. Upon graduation from the Lycee, Pushkin recited his controversial poem "Ode to Liberty", one of several that led to his being exiled by Tsar Alexander the First. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.

Pushkin was fatally wounded in a duel with his brother-in-law, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès, also known as Dantes-Gekkern, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, who attempted to seduce the poet's wife, Natalia Pushkina.

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