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He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein! (1887) Op. 103


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Zigeunerlieder (ensemble version) (Op. 103)


He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein!

He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein!
Spiel das Lied vom ungetreuen Mägdelein!
Laß die Saiten weinen, klagen, traurig bange,
Bis die heiße Träne netzet diese Wange!

Hey, gypsy, sound your strings!

Hey, gypsy, sound your strings!
Play the song of the faithless girl!
Make the strings weep and moan in sad despair
Till hot tears moisten these cheeks!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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Poet

Hugo Conrat is most known for his German adaptations of the Hungarian folksongs in Zigeunerlieder (Brahms). 
He was a member of Brahms' circle in Vienna.


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