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Darf des Falken Schwinge Tatrahoh'n umrauschen (1880) Op. 55

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Zigeunermelodien (Op. 55)

Darf des Falken Schwinge Tatrahoh'n umrauschen

Darf des Falken Schwinge Tatrahöh'n umrauschen,
wird das Felsennest nicht er mit dem Käfig tauschen.
Kann das wilde Fohlen jagen durch die Heide,
wird's an Zaum und Zügel finden keine Freude.
Hat Natur Zigeuner etwas dir gegeben,
ja zur Freiheit schuf sie mir das ganze Leben.

As long as the falcon can fly above the Tatra mountains

As long as the falcon can fly above the Tatra mountains,
He will never exchange his rocky nest for a cage.
If the wild foal can race across the heath,
He’ll find no pleasure in bridle and reins.
If, O gypsy, nature has given you something,
She has given me freedom all my life.
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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