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Am Brunnen (1852)


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Fünf Gedichte aus 'Bilder des Orients'


Am Brunnen

Ihr habt genug getrunken,
Ihr Heerden groß und klein,
Die Sonne ist gesunken,
Die Nacht bricht schon herein.
Viel Wetterwolken eilen
Herauf in dunkler Pracht;
Wo mag mein Melek weilen,
In dieser schwarzen Nacht? -
Wo er auch immer bliebe
Er steht in Allahs Hut,
Mit ihm ist seine Liebe,
Sein Glaube und sein Mut!

By the well

Have you drunk your fill,
You herds both great and small?
The sun has set,
Night is drawing near.
Many storm-clouds scud
In dark splendour across the sky,
Where does my Melek tarry
In this black night?
Wherever he may be,
Allah protects him,
His love accompanies him,
His belief and his courage.

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Composer

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.

See more on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_Gade


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