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Deine Stimme lass ertönen (1852)

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Deine Stimme lass ertönen

Deine Stimme laß ertönen,
Hohe Fürstin meiner Liebe,
Deine Blicke laß mir leuchten,
Blühend Licht der Sternennacht!
Sang mir nicht der Kranz der Blumen:
"Heut' auch will ich dich beglücken -- ?"
Nieder sende deine Strahlen,
Blühend Licht der Sternennacht!
Einsam harr' ich deinen Schritten,
Schweigend lausch' ich deinen Tönen;
Deine Blicke laß mir leuchten,
Blühend Licht der Sternennacht!

Let your voice resound

Let your voice resound,
Noble princess of my love,
Let your gleaming gaze fall on me,
Blossoming light of a star-strewn night!
Did not the garland of flowers sing to me:
‘Today also I shall make you happy?’
Shed on me your gleaming rays,
Blossoming light of a star-strewn night!
Solitary I await your steps,
Silently I hearken to your voice;
Let your gleaming gaze fall on me,
Blossoming light of a star-strewn night!

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Niels Wilhelm Gade(22 February 1817 – 21 December 1890) was a Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist and teacher. He is considered the most important Danish musician of his day.

Gade was born in Copenhagen, the son of a joiner and instrument maker. He began his career as a violinist with the Royal Danish Orchestra, and saw his concert overture Efterklange af Ossian ("Echoes of Ossian") premiered with them in 1841. When his first symphony was turned down for performance in Copenhagen, he sent it to Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn received the work positively, and conducted it in Leipzig in March 1843, to enthusiastic public reaction. Supported by a fellowship from the Danish government, Gade himself moved to Leipzig, teaching at the Conservatory there, working as an assistant conductor of the Gewandhause Orchestra, and befriending Mendelssohn, who had an important influence on his music. In 1845 he conducted the premiere performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. He also became friends with Robert Schumann. In Copenhagen Niels Gade became acquainted with the composer Cornelius Gurlitt, and they remained friends until the latter's death.

At Mendelssohn’s death in 1847, Gade was appointed to his position as chief conductor but was forced to return to Copenhagen in the spring of 1848 when war broke out between Prussia and Denmark.

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