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Drobitsya, i pleshchet, i brizzhet volna ('The wave breaks') (1897) Op.46 no.1

Drobitsya, i pleshchet, i brizzhet volna ('The wave breaks')

Drobitsja, i pleshhet i bryzzhet volna
mne v ochi solenoju vlagoj;
nedvizhno na kamne sizhu ja, polna
dusha bezotchetnoj otvagoj.
Valy za valami, priboj i otboj,
i pena ikh grebni pokryla.
O, more, kogo zhe mne vyzvat' na boj,
izvedat' voskresshie sily?
Pochujalo serdce, chto zhizn' khorosha,
vy, volny, razmykali gore,
ot groma i pleska prosnulas' dusha –
srodni ej shumjashhee more!

The wave breaks

The wave surges and breaks and splashes
Into my eyes with its salty spray;
Motionless, I sit in the rock, and my soul
Is full of inexplicable valour.
Wave upon wave, ebb and flow,
And their crests are covered in foam.
Oh sea, who can I challenge to a contest
To prove my resurgent powers?
My heart senses the grandeur of life,
You, oh waves, have dispelled the grief,
The thunder and splashing has woken my soul –
Akin to the roaring sea!

Composer

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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Poet

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and his miss of the prize is a major Nobel prize controversy.

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