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Die Schnur, die Perl an Perle (1871) Op. 57 no.7

Die Schnur, die Perl an Perle

Die Schnur, die Perl an Perle
Um deinen Hals gereihte,
Wie wiegt sie sich so fröhlich
Auf deiner schönen Brust!
Mit Seel’ und Sinn begabet,
Mit Seligkeit berauschet
Sie, diese Götterlust.
Was müssen wir erst fühlen,
In welchen Herzen schlagen,
So heisse Menschenherzen,
Wofern es uns gestattet,
Uns traulich anzuschmiegen
An eine solche Brust!

The necklace with its rows of pearls

The necklace with its rows of pearls
Looped about your throat,
How happily it lies cradled
On your beautiful breast!
This divine delight endow it
With soul and feeling
And intoxicating bliss.
What must we not feel,
In whom hearts beat,
Such ardent human hearts,
If we are permitted
To nestle closely
On such a breast!
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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