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Der Jäger und sein Liebchen (1860) Op.28


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4 Duets (Op.28)


Der Jäger und sein Liebchen

Ist nicht der Himmel so blau?
Steh' am Fenster und schau'!
Erst in der Nacht,
Spät in der Nacht
Komm' ich heim von der Jagd.
Mädchen, der Himmel ist blau,
Bleib' am Fenster und schau'.
Bis in der Nacht,
Spät in der Nacht,
Heim ich komm von der Jagd.
"Anders hab' ich gedacht,
Tanzen will ich die Nacht!
Bleib' vor der Tür,
Spät vor der Tür
Willst du nicht tanzen mit mir!"
"Ist auch der Himmel so blau,
Steh' ich doch nimmer und schau'
Ob in der Nacht,
Spät in der Nacht
Heim du kehrst von der Jagd."

The hunter and his sweetheart

Is not the sky so blue?
Stand by the window and watch!
Not until night,
Late at night,
Shall I come home from the hunt.
My girl, the sky is blue,
Wait by the window and watch,
Until in the night,
Late at night,
I come home from the hunt.
‘I had other plans,
I want to do dancing tonight!
Stay outside the door,
At a late hour outside the door,
If you don’t want to dance with me!’
‘However blue the sky may be,
I shall not stand and watch
Whether in the night,
Late at night,
You come home from the hunt.’
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Composer

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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Poet

August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben  was a German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany, and a number of popular children's songs, considered part of the Young Germany movement.

Hoffmann was born in Fallersleben in Lower Saxony, then in the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

The son of a merchant and mayor of his native city, he was educated at the classical schools of Helmstedt and Braunschweig, and afterwards at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn. His original intention was to study theology, but he soon devoted himself entirely to literature. In 1823 he was appointed custodian of the university library at Breslau, a post which he held till 1838. He was also made extraordinary professor of the German language and literature at that university in 1830, and ordinary professor in 1835. Hoffmann was deprived of his chair in 1842 in consequence of his Unpolitische Lieder (1840–1841, "Unpolitical Songs"), which gave much offence to the authorities in Prussia.

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