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In dem weiten, breiten, luft'gen Leinenkleide (1880) Op. 55


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Zigeunermelodien (Op. 55)


In dem weiten, breiten, luft'gen Leinenkleide

In dem weiten, breiten, luft'gen Leinenkleide
freier der Zigeuner als in Gold und Seide!
Ja! der gold'ne Dolman schnürt die Brust zu enge,
hemmt des freien Liedes wanderfrohe Klänge.
Wer beim Schwung der Lieder wahre Lust empfindet,
wünscht, daß alles Gold jetzt aus der Welt verschwindet!

In his loose-fitting and airy linen clothes

In his loose-fitting and airy linen clothes
The gypsy feels freer than when dressed in silk and gold!
Yes! The golden dolman constricts his breast,
Smothers the happily wandering strains of his free song.
He who feels true joy when these songs resound,
Wishes that all gold should vanish from the face of the earth.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

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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