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Soluppgång (1902) Op. 37 no.3


Under himlens purpurbrand
Ligga tysta sjö och land,
Det är gryningsstunden.
Snöig gren och frostvit kvist
Tecka sig så segervisst
Mot den röda grunden.
Riddarn står vid fönsterkarm,
Lyssnar efter stridens larm,
Trampar golvets tilja.
Men en smal och snövit hand
Kyler milt hans pannas brand,
Böjer mjukt hans vilja.tenderly
Riddarn sätter horn till mun,
Blåser vilt I gryningsstund,
Över nejd som tiger.
Tonen klingar, klar och spröd,
Branden slocknar, gyllenröd,
Solen sakta stiger.


Beneath heaven's purple fire
Silently lie lake and land;
It is the time of dawn.
Snow-covered branch and frost-white twig
Stand out prominently
From the red backdrop.
The knight stands by the window
listening for the sound of battle,
pacing the floor.
But a small, snow-white hand
gently cools his hot brow,
changing his resolve.
The knight puts his horn to his mouth,
and blows fiercely at the dawn,
over the silent land.
The note rings clear and fragile;
The fire slowly dies, golden red,
As the sun slowly rises.

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Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods. He is best known for his set of seven symphonies, but he also composed over a hundred songs for voice and piano, and various pieces inspired by nature and Nordic mythology.

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