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Ihr schwarzen Augen (1874) Op. 65


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Neue Liebeslieder (Op. 65)


Ihr schwarzen Augen

Ihr schwarzen Augen, ihr dürft nur winken;
Paläste fallen und Städte sinken.
Wie sollte steh'n in solchem Strauß
mein Herz, von Karten das schwache Haus?

With your dark eyes

With your dark eyes
a mere gaze is needed –
palaces will fall
and cities sink.
How in such a skirmish
should my heart,
that frail house of cards,
stay standing?
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

Georg Friedrich Daumer was a German poet and philosopher.


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