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Juchhe! (1852) Op. 6 no.4


Wie ist doch die Erde so schön, so schön
Das wissen die Vögelein:
Sie heben ihr leicht Gefieder,
Und singen so fröhliche Lieder
In den blauen Himmel hinein.
Wie ist doch die Erde so schön, so schön!
Das wissen die Flüss’ und Seen:
Sie malen im klaren Spiegel
Die Gärten und Städt’ und Hügel,
Und die Wolken, die drüber gehn!
Und Sänger und Maler wissen es,
Und es wissen’s viel andre Leut’,
Und wers nicht malt, der singt es,
Und wers nicht singt, dem klingt es
Im Herzen vor lauter Freud’!


How fair, how fair the earth is!
The little birds know this:
They flutter their light feathers
And sing such happy songs
Into the blue sky above.
How fair, how fair the earth is!
The rivers and lakes know this:
In their clear mirrors they paint
The gardens and towns and hills,
And the clouds that pass overhead!
And poets and painters know it,
And many other folk as well,
And those who don’t paint it, sing it,
And those who don’t sing it, can hear it
Sound in their hearts for sheer joy!
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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Robert Reinick was a German painter and poet, associated with the Düsseldorf school of painting. One of his poems, Dem Vaterland, was set to music by Hugo Wolf.

Reinick was born in Danzig (Gdańsk) and died in Dresden.

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