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Röslein dreie in der Reihe blühn so rot (1886)


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Zigeunerlieder (solo version)


Röslein dreie in der Reihe blühn so rot

Röslein dreie in der Reihe blühn so rot,
Daß der Bursch zum Mädel gehe, ist kein Verbot!
Lieber Gott, wenn das verboten wär,
Ständ die schöne weite Welt schon längst nicht mehr,
Ledig bleiben Sünde wär!
Schönstes Städtchen in Alföld ist Ketschkemet
Dort gibt es gar viele Mädchen schmuck und nett!
Freunde, sucht euch dort ein Bräutchen aus,
Freit um ihre Hand und gründet euer Haus,
Freudenbecher leeret aus!

Three little red roses bloom side by side

Three little red roses bloom side by side,
It’s no crime for a lad to visit his lass!
Dear God, if that were a crime,
This fair wide world would long ago have ceased to exist,
Staying single would be a sin!
The loveliest town in Alföld is Kecskemét,
Where many smart and nice girls live!
Friends, find yourselves a young bride there,
Win her hand and set up house,
Drain beakers of joy!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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

Hugo Conrat is most known for his German adaptations of the Hungarian folksongs in Zigeunerlieder (Brahms). 
He was a member of Brahms' circle in Vienna.


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