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Tristesse Op. 6 no.2


A deep and bitter sadness
Grips my soul without reason;
I seek in vain to discover the cause
Of my untimely grief.
Why must it be that in this world,
Contemplating the narrow horizon,
My soul, ever roving,
Knocks against its prison walls?
On the paths that it pursues,
It is terrified by surrounding night,
And every step is an effort!
Alas! For the body that it invades,
Night always passes too swiftly,
For each step leads to death!

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​"Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style." (Wikipedia)

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