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Reingestimmt die Saiten! (1880) Op. 55

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Zigeunermelodien (Op. 55)

Reingestimmt die Saiten!

Reingestimmt die Saiten!
Bursche tanz' im Kreise!
Heute froh, überfroh noch heute,
morgen trüb' nach alter Weise!
Nächsten Tag am Nilstrand,
der den Vätern heilig,
reingestimmt, reingestimmt die Saiten,
in den Tanz, in den Tanz spring eilig!

Take your bow and strike up!

Take your bow and strike up!
Come and join the round dance, my lad!
Be happy today, abundantly so,
And sad tomorrow – it was ever thus!
Next day on the banks of the Nile,
Sacred to our fathers.
Take your bow and strike up,
Hasten to the dance!
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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