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Serenade (1866) Op. 4 no.4


Tiho vecher dogoraet,
Gory zolotja;
Znojnyj vozdukh holodaet, –
Spi, mojo ditja!
Solov'i davno zapeli,
Sumrak vozvestja;
Struny robko zazveneli,–
Spi, mojo ditja!
Smotrjat angel'skie ochi,
Trepetno svetja;
Tak legko dykhan'e nochi, –
Spi, mojo ditja!


It is evening and the last light is falling,
Gilding the mountains;
The sultry air is cooling now, –
So sleep, my child!
The nightingales have long begun to sing,
Heralding the twilight;
Gently I begin to strum, –
So sleep, my child!
Angelic eyes look down upon you,
Shining reverently;
The breath of night is so gentle, –
So sleep, my child!

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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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