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Don Giovanni Serenade (1878) Op. 38 no.1


Part of a series or song cycle:

6 Romances (Op. 38)


Don Giovanni Serenade

Gasnut dalney Alpukhary
Zolotistiye kraya.
Na prizyvnyi zvon gitary, vydi, milaya moya!
Vse kto skazhet, shto drugaya,
Zdes’ ravnyayetsya s toboy,
Vsekh, lyuboviyu zgoraya,
Vsekh, vsekh, vsekh zovu na smertnyy boy!
Ot lunnogo sveta zardel nebosklon,
O vyidi Nisetta, O vyidi Nisetta
Skorey na balkon!
Ot Sevili do Grenady
V tikhom sumrake nochey,
Razdayutsa serenady
Razdayotsa zvon mechey.
Mnogo krovi, mnogo pesney,
Dlya prelesnykh lyutsa dam,
Ya zhe toy,kto vsekh prelesney,
Pesn i krov moyu otdam!
Ot lunnogo sveta zardel nebosklon,
O vyidi Nisetta, O vyidi Nisetta,
Skorey na balkon!

Don Giovanni Serenade

Night falls on the golden lands
Of distant Alpujarras,
Come out, my dear, to the call of my guitar!
If anybody dares to claim
That another can compare with you,
I shall fight them all, burning with love,
Fight them to the death!
The sky’s horizon is aglow in the moonlight,
Oh come out, Nisetta, come out, Nisetta,
Come out on to the balcony now!
From Seville to Grenada,
In the quiet darkness of the night,
Comes the sound of serenading,
Comes the clatter of swords.
Blood is spilt and songs flow forth,
All for the sake of beautiful ladies,
I will give my song and my blood
To the one who is loveliest of all!
The sky’s horizon is aglow in the moonlight,
Oh come out, Nisetta, come out, Nisetta,
Come out on to the balcony now!

Composer

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer of the Romantic period. His works are still among the most popular music in the classical repetoire, and he is widely acknowledged as the first Russian composer to make a lasting international impression.

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Poet

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and his miss of the prize is a major Nobel prize controversy.

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