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Voron, 'The Raven' Op. 52


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7 Songs on Poems by Pushkin (Op. 52)


Voron, 'The Raven'

Voron k voronu letit,
Voron k voronu krichit:
,,Voron, gde b nam otobedat?
Kak by' nam o tom provedat?”
Voron voronu v otvet:
,,Znayu, budet nam obed;
V chistom pole pod rakitoj
Bogaty'r` lezhit ubity'j.
Kem ubit i otchego,
Znaet sokol lish` ego,
Da koby'lka voronaya,
Da xozyajka molodaya.
Sokol v roshhu uletel,
Na koby'lku nedrug sel,
A xozyajka zhdyot milogo,
Ne ubitogo, zhivogo.”

Voron, 'The Raven'

One raven to another flies,
One raven to another cries:
‘Raven! Where should we dine out?
How are we to make that choice?’
The other raven replies in turn:
‘I know where dinner can be had;
In the open fields, beneath a willow,
There lies the body of a knight.
Who killed him and why
Only his falcon knows,
And his jet-black mare,
And his maiden fair.
The falcon flew off into the grove,
His enemy sat astride his mare,
And his maiden awaits her sweetheart,
Thinking him still alive, not dead.’

Composer

Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (5 January 1880 [O.S. 24 December 1879] – 13 November 1951) was a Russian composer and pianist. Although he fell into relative obscurity after his death, he now recognised as one of the most significant Russian composers for the piano. His works include fourteen piano sonatas, three violin sonatas, three piano concerti, a piano quintet, two works for two pianos, many shorter piano pieces, and a few shorter works for violin and piano.

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Poet

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June 1799 – 10 February 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His father, Sergey Lvovich Pushkin, belonged to Pushkin noble families. A maternal great-grandfather was African-born general Abram Petrovich Gannibal. He published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. Upon graduation from the Lycee, Pushkin recited his controversial poem "Ode to Liberty", one of several that led to his being exiled by Tsar Alexander the First. While under the strict surveillance of the Tsar's political police and unable to publish, Pushkin wrote his most famous play, the drama Boris Godunov. His novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, was serialized between 1825 and 1832.

Pushkin was fatally wounded in a duel with his brother-in-law, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès, also known as Dantes-Gekkern, a French officer serving with the Chevalier Guard Regiment, who attempted to seduce the poet's wife, Natalia Pushkina.

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