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Nachtigall (1885) Op. 97 no.1


O Nachtigall,
Dein süßer Schall,
Er dringet mir durch Mark und Bein.
Nein, trauter Vogel, nein!
Was in mir schafft so süße Pein,
Das ist nicht dein,—
Das ist von andern, himmelschönen,
Nun längst für mich verklungenen Tönen,
In deinem Lied ein leiser Widerhall.


O nightingale,
your sweet voice
pierces me to the marrow.
No, dear bird, no!
What causes me such sweet pain
is not your notes,
but others, of heavenly beauty,
long since vanished for me,
a gentle echo in your song.

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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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