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Na kholmakh Gruzii ('On Georgia's Hills') (1866) Op. 3 no.4

Na kholmakh Gruzii ('On Georgia's Hills')

Na kholmah Gruzii lezhit nochnaja mgla;
Shumit Aragva predo mnoju.
Mne grustno i legko; pechal' moja svetla;
Pechal' moja polna toboju,
Toboj, toboj odnoj… Unyn'ja moego
Nichto ne muchit, ne trevozhit,
I serdce vnov' gorit i b'jotsja ottogo,
Chto ne ljubit' ono ne mozhet.

On Georgia's Hills

Georgia’s hills are clad in the darkness of night;
The Aragva roars before me.
I am sad, yet also calm; my sorrow is radiant;
My sorrow is filled with the thought of you,
Of you, of you alone… Nothing torments
My sadness, nothing disturbs it,
And my heart burns again and beats because
It cannot live without loving.

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Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov was a Russian composer, best know for his orchestral compositions and his symphonic suite Scheherazade. He believed in developing a nationalistic style of classical music, and was influenced by Russian folk song and lore.

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Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His father, Sergey Lvovich Pushkin, belonged to Pushkin noble families. A maternal great-grandfather was African-born general Abram Petrovich Gannibal. He published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. Upon graduation from the Lycee, Pushkin recited his controversial poem "Ode to Liberty", one of several that led to his being exiled by Tsar Alexander the First. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.

Pushkin was fatally wounded in a duel with his brother-in-law, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès, also known as Dantes-Gekkern, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, who attempted to seduce the poet's wife, Natalia Pushkina.

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