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Salome (1877) Op. 69 no.8


Singt mein Schatz wie ein Fink,
Sing ich Nachtigallensang;
Ist mein Liebster ein Luchs,
O so bin ich eine Schlang!
O ihr Jungfraun im Land,
[Vom Gebirg]1 und über See,
Überlaßt mir den Schönsten,
Sonst tut ihr mir weh!
Er soll sich unterwerfen
Zum Ruhm uns und Preis!
Und er soll sich nicht rühren,
Nicht laut und nicht leis!
O ihr teuren Gespielen,
Überlaßt mir den stolzen Mann!
Er soll sehn, wie die Liebe
Ein feurig Schwert werden kann!


If my love sings like a finch,
I’ll sing like a nightingale;
If my sweetheart is a lynx,
Oh, then I shall be a snake!
O you maidens on land,
From the mountains and across the sea,
Leave the most handsome one to me,
Or else you’ll do me harm!
He shall have to submit
To our glory and our praise!
And he shall not move an inch
Either noisily or softly!
O my dear playmates,
Leave the dear fellow to me,
He shall see how Love
Can become a fiery sword!

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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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