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Music (1908) Op. 26 no.4


Poroju muzyka moj dukh vlechjot, kak more;
K tebe, k tebe, zvezda moja,
V tumane sumrachnom, v `efirnykh voln prostore
V tot chas stremljusja ja...
I vot krepchajet grud' pri jarostnom napore...
I, parus raspustja,
Po beshenym khrebtam chernejushchego morja
Nesetsja vverkh lad'ja.
I snova grud' moja polna bezumnoj strast'ju,
I snova ja lechu nad gibel'noju past'ju,
No vdrug zatikhnet vsjo, i v glubine puchin,
Skvoz' blesk vody zerkal'noj,
ja sozercaju vnov',
Bezmolvnyj i pechal'nyj, otchajan'e svojo.


At times, music summons my soul, like the sea;
To you, to you, my star
In the twilight mist, in the expanse of the ethereal waves,
I hurry then…
My breast billows in the violent surf…
And with sails unfurled,
The boat plunges forth headlong
Through the frenzied crests of the darkling sea.
And once again, my breast is filled with wild passion
And once again, I fly above the perilous abyss,
But suddenly all falls quiet, and in the depths of the chasm,
Through the mirror of the luminous sea
I once again behold
The silence sadness of my despair.

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Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev was a Russian composer, pianist, teacher of composition, music theorist and author.

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Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe.

His most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stéphane Mallarmé among many others. He is credited with coining the term "modernity" (modernité) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience.

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