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Der Spielmann - Part II (1878)


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Das klagende Lied


Der Spielmann - Part II

"Ach, Spielmann, lieber Spielmann mein!
Das muß ich dir nun klagen:
Um ein schönfarbig Blümelein
hat mich mein Bruder erschlagen!
Im Walde bleicht mein junger Leib,
mein Bruder freit ein wonnig Weib!"
O Leide, Leide, weh!

Excerpt from ‘The Minstrel’

O minstrel, dear minstrel mine,
I must now make my plaint to you:
My brother slew me for the sake
Of a tiny flower of beautiful hue!
My young bones bleach in the forest,
My brother woos a lovely bride!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Composer

Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was an Austro-Bohemian late-Romantic composer and conductor.

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