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Sehnsucht (1868) Op. 49 no.3


Hinter jenen dichten Wäldern
Weilst du, meine Süßgeliebte,
Weit, ach weit! Weit, ach weit!
Berstet ihr Felsen,
Ebnet euch Täler,
Daß ich ersehe,
Daß ich erspähe
Meine ferne, süße Maid!


Behind those dense forests
You dwell, my sweet love,
Far, ah far! far, ah far away!
Burst, you rocks,
Rise up, you valleys,
That I might glimpse,
That I might behold
My sweet, far distant maiden!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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