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Strahlt zuweilen auch ein mildes Licht (1871) Op. 57 no.6

Strahlt zuweilen auch ein mildes Licht

Strahlt zuweilen auch ein mildes Licht
Auf mich hin aus diesem Angesicht—
Ach, es können auch wohl Huldgebärden
Machen, dass uns fast das Herze bricht.
Was die Liebe sucht, um froh zu werden,
Das verraten diese Blicke nicht.

If at times a gentle light should shine

If at times a gentle light should shine
On me from your countenance—
There are, alas, also gracious gestures
That almost break the heart.
What love seeks to be happy,
These glances do not divulge.
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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