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Flammenauge, dunkles Haar (1874) Op. 65


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Neue Liebeslieder (Op. 65)


Flammenauge, dunkles Haar

Flammenauge, dunkles Haar,
Knabe wonnig und verwogen,
Kummer ist durch dich hinein
in mein armes Herz gezogen!
Kann in Eis der Sonne Brand,
sich in Nacht der Tag verkehren?
Kann die heisse Menschenbrust
atmen ohne Glutbegehren?
Ist die Flur so voller Licht,
daß die Blum' im Dunkel stehe?
Ist die Welt so voller Lust,
daß das Herz in Qual vergehe?

Bold, adorable young man

Bold, adorable young man,
with fiery eyes and dark hair.
You are the couse that sorrow
has entered my poor heart.
Can the burning sun turn to ice,
can day turn into night?
Can an ardent human heart
breathe without passion's glow?
Is the meadow drenched in light,
for the flower to grow in the dark?
Is the world so full of pleasure
for the heart to perish in grief?
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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