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Nach Süden

Nach Süden

Von allen Zweigen schwingen
Sich wandernde Vögel empor,
Weit durch die Lüfte klingen
Hört man den Reisechor,
Nach Süden, nach Süden
In den ewigen Blumenflor.
Ihr Vöglein singt munter hernieder,
Wir singen lustig hinaus,
Wenn der Lenz kommt,
Kehren wir wieder,
Wieder in Nest und Haus,
Von Süden! Jetzt aber hinaus!

To the South

Migrating birds from every branch
Rise up into the air,
Resounding far through the skies
The travelling chorus can be heard:
To the South, to the South
Into the eternal blossoming
Little birds, you sing merrily from on high,
We sing out merrily too;
When Spring comes
We shall return,
Return to nest and home
From the South! But now – let’s away!

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Fanny Mendelssohn (14 November 1805 – 14 May 1847),[1] later Fanny [Cäcilie] Mendelssohn Bartholdy and, after her marriage, Fanny Hensel, was a German pianist and composer. She was the granddaughter of Haskalah and Enlightenment philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. Her compositions include a piano trio and several books of solo piano pieces and songs. A number of her songs were originally published under her brother, Felix Mendelssohn's, name in his opus 8 and 9 collections. 

Fanny showed prodigious musical ability as a child and began to write music. Visitors to the Mendelssohn household in the early 1820s were equally impressed by both siblings. Despite the attitudes towards women during her lifetime, she composed over 460 pieces of music.

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