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Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen traurig sacht (1887) Op. 103


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Zigeunerlieder (ensemble version) (Op. 103)


Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen traurig sacht

Horch, der Wind klagt in den Zweigen traurig sacht;
Süßes Lieb, wir müssen scheiden: gute Nacht.
Ach wie gern in deinen Armen ruhte ich,
Doch die Trennungsstunde naht, Gott schütze dich.
Dunkel ist die Nacht, kein Sternlein spendet Licht;
Süßes Lieb, vertrau auf Gott und weine nicht;
Führt der liebe Gott mich einst zu dir zurück,
Bleiben ewig wir vereint in Liebesglück.

Hark! the wind grieves softly and sadly in the boughs

Hark! the wind grieves softly and sadly in the boughs;
My sweet, we must part: good night.
Ah, how I loved to rest in your arms,
But the hour of parting draws near, may God protect you.
The night is dark, no tiny star sheds its light;
My sweet, trust in God and do not weep;
Dear God will one day bring you back to me,
And we shall be united for ever in rapturous love.
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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