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Široké rukávy (1880) Op. 55

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Cigánské Melodie (Gypsy Songs) (Op. 55)

Široké rukávy

Široké rukávy a široké gatě
volnější cigánu nežli dolman v zlatě.
Dolman a to zlato bujná prsa svírá;
pod ním volná píseň násilně umírá.
A kdo raduješ se, tvá kdy píseň v květě,
přej si, aby zašlo zlato v celém světě!

In his loose-fitting and airy linen clothes

In his loose-fitting and airy linen clothes
The gypsy feels freer than when dressed in silk and gold!
Yes! The golden dolman constricts his breast,
Smothers the happily wandering strains of his free song.
He who feels true joy when these songs resound,
Wishes that all gold should vanish from the face of the earth.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Antonín Leopold Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition. He frequently employed rhythms and other aspects of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia.

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