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Nun ich der Riesen Stärksten überwand (1910)


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Vier Gesänge (Op. 2)


Nun ich der Riesen Stärksten überwand

Nun ich der Riesen Stärksten überwand,
mich aus dem dunkelsten Land
heimfand
an einer weißen Märchenhand -
Hallen schwer die Glocken.
Und ich wanke durch die Gassen
schlafbefangen.

Now I've conquered the strongest of giants

Now I've conquered the strongest of giants,
and from the darkest land
have found my way home
guided by a white faerie hand -
The bells sound heavily.
And I stagger through the streets,
drunk with sleep.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Alban Maria Johannes Berg was an Austrian composer of the Second Viennese School. His circle included the musicians Alexander von Zemlinsky and Franz Schreker, the painter Gustav Klimt, the writer and satirist Karl Kraus, the architect Adolf Loos, and the poet Peter Altenberg. 

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Poet

Alfred Mombert was a German poet.


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