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Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst (1871) Op. 57 no.2

Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst

Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst,
Nur zuweilen Kühle fächelst
Dieser ungemessnen Glut—
In Geduld will ich mich fassen
Und dich alles treiben lassen,
Was der Liebe wehe tut.

If you only sometimes smile

If you only sometimes smile,
Only sometimes fan coolness
On this infinite ardour,
I shall compose myself in patience
And let you do all those things
That inflict pain on love.
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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