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Rote Abendwolken ziehn (1887) Op. 103


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Zigeunerlieder (ensemble version) (Op. 103)


Rote Abendwolken ziehn

Rote Abendwolken ziehn
Am Firmament,
Sehnsuchtsvoll nach dir, mein Lieb,
Das Herze brennt;
Himmel strahlt in glühnder Pracht
Und ich träum bei Tag und Nacht
Nur allein von dem süßen Liebchen mein.

Red evening clouds drift

Red evening clouds drift
Across the sky,
My heart burns longingly
For you, my love;
The sky’s ablaze in glowing glory
And night and day I dream
Solely of my sweet 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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