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Es glänzt der Mond nieder (1863) Op. 31

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Drei Quartette (Op. 31)

Es glänzt der Mond nieder

Es glänzt der Mond nieder,
Ich sollte doch wieder
Zu meinem Liebchen,
Wie mag es ihr geh'n?
Ach weh, sie verzaget
Und klaget, und klaget,
Daß sie mich nimmer
Im Leben wird seh'n!
Es ging der Mond unter,
Ich eilte doch munter,
Und elite, daß keiner
Mein Liebchen entführt.
Ihr Täubchen, o girret,
Ihr Lüftchen, o schwirret,
Daß keiner mein Liebchen,
Mein Liebchen entführt!

The walk to the beloved

The moon shines down,
So I should set out
Again to my love,
How is she, I wonder?
Alas, she’s despairing
And lamenting, lamenting
She’ll never see
Me again in her life!
The moon went down,
I hurried off happily,
Hurried so that no one
Should steal my love away.
Keep cooing, you doves,
Keep whispering, you breezes,
So that no one
Should steal my love from me!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many. 

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