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Als die alte Mutter (1880) Op. 55

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Zigeunermelodien (Op. 55)

Als die alte Mutter

Als die alte Mutter mich noch lehrte singen,
sonderbar, daß Tränen ihr am Auge hingen.
Jetzt die braunen Wangen netzen mir die Zähren,
wenn ich will die Kinder Sang und Spielen lehren!

When my old mother

When my old mother taught me songs to sing,
Tears would well strangely in her eyes.
Now my brown cheeks are wet with tears,
When I teach the children how to sing and play!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Antonín Leopold Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. He frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia.

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