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Das Mädchen spricht Op. 107 no.3

Das Mädchen spricht

Schwalbe, sag mir an,
Ist’s dein alter Mann,
Mit dem du’s Nest gebaut,
Oder hast du jüngst erst
Dich ihm vertraut?
Sag, was zwitschert ihr,
Sag, was flüstert ihr
Des Morgens so vertraut?
Gelt, du bist wohl auch noch
Nicht lange Braut?

The Girl Speaks

Tell me, swallow,
Is it last year’s mate
You’ve built your nest with,
Or are you
But recently betrothed?
Say, what are you twittering,
Say, what are you whispering
So intimately in the morning?
Am I right, you haven’t long
Been married either?
Translations by Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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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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