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Predchuvstvie, 'Foreboding' (1936) Op. 46 no.3


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Four Romances on Poems by Pushkin (Op. 46)


Predchuvstvie, 'Foreboding'

Snova tuchi nado mnoiu
Sobralisia v tishine;
Rok zavistlivyi bedoiu
Ugrozhaet snova mne …
Sokhraniu l’ k sud’be prezren’e?
Ponesu l’ navstrechu ei
Nepreklonnost’ i terpen’e
Gordoi iunosti moei?
Burnoj zhizn’iu utomlennyi,
Ravnodushno buri zhdu:
Mozhet byt’, jeshchjo, spasennyi,
Snova pristan’ ia naidu …
No, predchuvstvuia razluku,
Neizbezhnyi, groznyi chas,
Szhat’ tvoiu, moi angel, ruku
Ia speshu v poslednii raz.
Angel krotkii, bezmiatezhnyi,
Tikho molvi mne: prosti,
Opechal’sia: vzor svoi nezhnyi
Podymi il’ opusti;
I tvoe vospominan’e
Zamenit dushe moei
Silu, gordost’, upovan’e
I otvagu iunykh dnei.

Foreboding

Once again, storm clouds
Have silently gathered above me;
Fate jealously threatens me
With misfortunes once again…
Will I maintain my contempt for destiny?
Will I bring to bear against it
The tenacity and patience
Of my proud youth?
Exhausted by life’s stormy course,
I await the storm with equanimity:
Perhaps I will be saved this time too,
Finding safe harbour once again…
But full of forebodings of our parting,
Of the inescapable, awful hour,
I rush to press your hand, my angel,
For one last time.
My serene and timid angel,
I bid you quietly say farewell,
Let sadness fill your soul as you look on me,
Or as you lower your tender gaze;
And the recollection of you
Will fill my soul,
In place of the strength, the pride,
The hope and valour of my youthful days.

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Composer

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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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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