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Dort in den Weiden (1894) WoO 33 no.31

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49 Deutsche Volkslieder (WoO 33)

Dort in den Weiden

Dort in den Weiden steht ein Haus,
da schaut die Magd zum Fenster 'naus!
Sie schaut stromauf, sie schaut stromab:
ist noch nicht da mein Herzensknab'?
Der schönste Bursch am ganzen Rhein,
den nenn' ich mein, den nenn' ich mein!
Des Morgens fährt er auf dem Fluß,
und singt herüber seinen Gruß,
des Abends, wenn's Glühwürmchen fliegt,
sein Nachen an das Ufer wiegt,
da kann ich mit dem Burschen mein
Zusammen sein!
Die Nachtigall im Fliederstrauch,
was sie da singt, versteh' ich auch;
sie saget: übers Jahr ist Fest,
hab' ich, mein Lieber, auch ein Nest,
wo ich dann mit dem Burschen mein
die Froh'st' am Rhein, die Froh'st' am Rhein!

There among the willows

There among the willows stands a house,
A young girl looks out of the window.
She looks upstream, she looks downstream:
Has my beloved boy not come?
The handsomest boy along the whole Rhine –
It’s him I call my own!
Each morning he sails on the river,
And sings his greeting across it.
Each evening when the glow-worm flies,
His small boat moves gently ashore.
Then I and my boy
Can be together!
What the nightingale sings in the lilac bush,
I can understand.
It says: A year hence you will celebrate;
I too have a nest, my dear,
Where I and my boy
Are the happiest pair on the Rhine!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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