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Schwesterlein, schwesterlein, wann gehn wir WoO 33 no.15


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49 Deutsche Volkslieder (WoO 33)


Schwesterlein, schwesterlein, wann gehn wir

Er:
Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein,
Wann geh’n wir nach Haus?
Sie:
Morgen wenn die Hahnen kräh’n,
Woll’n wir nach Hause geh’n,
Brüderlein, Brüderlein,
Dann geh’n wir nach Haus.
Er:
Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein,
Wann geh’n wir nach Haus?
Sie:
Morgen wenn der Tag anbricht,
Eh’ end’t die Freude nicht,
Brüderlein, Brüderlein,
Der fröhliche Braus.
Er:
Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein,
Wohl ist es Zeit.
Sie:
Mein Liebster tanzt mit mir,
Geh’ ich, tanzt er mit ihr,
Brüderlein, Brüderlein,
Lass’ du mich heut’.
Er:
Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein,
Was bist du blass?
Sie:
Das macht der Morgenschein
Auf meinen Wängelein,
Brüderlein, Brüderlein,
Die vom Taue nass.
Er:
Schwesterlein, Schwesterlein,
Du wankest so matt?
Sie:
Suche die Kammertür,
Suche mein Bettlein mir,
Brüderlein, es wird fein
Unterm Rasen sein.

Sister, little sister

He:
Sister, little sister,
When shall we go home?
She:
Tomorrow at cockcrow
We shall go home,
Brother, little brother,
Then we’ll go home.
He:
Sister, little sister,
When shall we go home?
She:
Tomorrow at daybreak,
Before the fun is ended,
Brother, little brother,
The happy revelry.
He:
Sister, little sister,
Now it is time.
She:
My love is dancing with me,
If I go, he’ll dance with her,
Brother, little brother,
Leave me for now.
He:
Sister, little sister,
Why are you so pale?
She:
That is the morning light
Shining on my cheeks,
Brother, little brother,
All wet with the dew.
He:
Sister, little sister,
Why do you stagger so faintly?
She:
Find the bedroom door,
Find me my bed,
Little brother, all will be well
Under the turf.
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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