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In Waldeseinsamkeit (1878) Op. 85 no.6

In Waldeseinsamkeit

Ich saß zu deinen Füßen
In Waldeseinsamkeit;
Windesatmen, Sehnen
Ging durch die Wipfel breit.
In stummen Ringen senkt’ ich
Das Haupt in deinen Schoß,
Und meine bebenden Hände
Um deine Knie ich schloß.
Die Sonne ging hinunter,
Der Tag verglühte all,
Ferne, ferne, ferne
Sang eine Nachtigall.

In woodland solitude

I sat at your feet
in woodland solitude;
a breath of wind, a yearning,
moved through the broad treetops.
I lowered in silent struggle
my head into your lap,
and clasped my trembling hands
around your knees.
The sun went down,
all the daylight faded,
far, far, far away
a nightingale sang.

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Composer

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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