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Rodina slyshit, 'The motherland hears' (1951) Op. 86

Part of a series or song cycle:

Four Songs to Words by Evgeny Dolmatovsky (Op. 86)

Rodina slyshit, 'The motherland hears'

Rodina slyshit,
Rodina znaet,
Gde v oblakakh
Eyo syn proletaet
S druzheskoi laskoi,
Nezhnoi lyubovyu,
Alymi zvyozdami
Bashen moskovskikh,
Bashen kremlyovskikh –
Smotrit ona za toboyu,
Smotrit ona za toboyu.
Rodina slyshit,
Rodina znayet.
Kak nelekhko
Eyo syn pobezhdaet.
No ne sdayotsya
Pravyi i smyelyi:
Vseyo sud’boy svoej
Ti utverzhdayesh’,
Ti zashishchesh’ –
Mira velikoe delo,
Mira velikoe delo!
Rodina slyshit,
Rodina znaet,
Shto eyo syn
Na doroge vstrechaet,
Kak ty skvoz tuchi
Put' probivaesh’,
Skol’k by chornaya burya
Ni zlilas’,
Chto by sluchilos’ –
Bud' nepriklonnim, tovarishch!
Bud' nepriklonnim, tovarishch!

The motherland hears

The motherland hears,
The motherland knows,
Where her son
Flies in the clouds.
With a friendly embrace,
And tender love,
From the crimson stars
Of Moscow’s towers,
Of the towers of the Kremlin,
She watches over you,
She watches over you.
The motherland hears,
The motherland knows,
The hardships faced by her son
In his search for victory.
But, righteous and brave,
He will never give up:
With all your destiny
You affirm,
You defend
The great cause of peace,
The great cause of the world!
The motherland hears,
The motherland knows,
What her son
Encounters on his way,
How you open a path
Through the clouds,
However wildly
The dark storm rages,
Whatever happens,
Be unbending, comrade!
Be unbending, comrade!

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Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist. He achieved fame in the Soviet Union, although later developed a more complex and difficult relationship with the government. As a composer, he combined a variety of different musical techniques into his works, and his music is characterised by sharp contrast, grotesque elements, and ambivalent tonality. 


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