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In der Ferne (1862) Op. 19 no.3

In der Ferne

Will ruhen unter den Bäumen hier,
Die Vögelein hör’ ich so gerne.
Wie singet ihr so zum Herzen mir!
Von unsrer Liebe was wisset ihr
In dieser weiten Ferne?
Will ruhen hier an des Baches Rand,
Wo duftige Blümlein sprießen.
Wer hat euch, Blümlein, hieher gesandt?
Seid ihr ein herzliches Liebespfand
Aus der Ferne von meiner Süßen?

In the distance

I’ll rest beneath the trees here,
I love listening to the birds.
How your singing pierces my heart!
What do you know of our love
In this far distant land?
I’ll rest here by the banks of the stream,
Where fragrant little flowers spring up.
Who sent you here, little flowers?
Are you a fond token of love
From my sweetheart far away?

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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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Poet

Johann Ludwig Uhland, was a German poet, philologist and literary historian.
He was born in Tübingen, Württemberg, and studied jurisprudence at the university there, but also took an interest in medieval literature, especially old German and French poetry. Having graduated as a doctor of laws in 1810, he went to Paris for eight months to continue his studies of poetry; and from 1812 to 1814 he worked as a lawyer in Stuttgart, in the bureau of the minister of justice.

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