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Pesnja o nuzhde, 'Song of want' (1948) Op. 79 no.7


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From Jewish Folk Poetry (Op. 79)


Pesnja o nuzhde, 'Song of want'

Krysha spit na cherdake
Pod solomoj sladkim snom.
V kolybelʹke spit ditya
Bez pelyonok, nagishom.
Gop, gop, vyshe!
Est koza solomu s kryshi.
Gop, gop, vyshe!
Est koza solomu s kryshi, oj!
Kolybelʹ na cherdake,
Pauchok v nej tkyot bedu.
Radostʹ moyu sosyot,
Mne ostaviv lishʹ nuzhdu.
Gop, gop, vyshe! ...
Petushok na cherdake,
Yarko-krasnyj grebeshok.
Oj, zhena zajmi dlya detok
Khleba cherstvogo kusok.
Gop, gop, vyshe! ...

Song of want

Above the attic sleeps the roof,
Sound asleep beneath the straw.
In the cradle there sleeps a child,
Naked and unswaddled.
Hop, hop, ever higher!
The goat is eating the straw off the roof.
Hop, hop, ever higher!
The goat is eating the straw off the roof, oy!
The cradle is in the attic,
A spider weaves its woe in it.
It devours all my joy,
Leaving me nothing but want.
Hop, hop, ever higher!
The cockerel is in the attic,
With its bright-red cockscomb.
Oy, wife, can’t you at least borrow
A crust of stale bread for the children.
Hop, hop, ever higher!

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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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