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Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze (1887) Op. 103


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Zigeunerlieder (ensemble version) (Op. 103)


Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze

Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze
Sein blauäugig schönes Kind,
Schlägt die Sporen keck zusammen,
Csardas-Melodie beginnt,
Küßt und herzt sein süßes Täubchen,
Dreht sie, führt sie, jauchzt und springt;
Wirft drei blanke Silbergulden
Auf das Cimbal, daß es klingt.

A swarthy lad leads his lovely

A swarthy lad leads his lovely
Blue-eyed lass to the dance,
Boldly clashes his spurs together,
A csárdás medody begins,
He kisses and hugs his sweet little dove,
Turns her, leads her, exults and leaps;
Throws three shining silver florins
That make the cimbalom ring.
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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