Finstere Schatten der Nacht, Op. 65, No. 2 (Johannes Brahms)

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  • CPDL #12727:       (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-09-30).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Finstere Shatten der Nacht, Op. 65, No. 2
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: 2 Pianos (piano 4-hands)

Published: 1874


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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Finstere Schatten der Nacht,
Wogen- und Wirbelgefahr!
Sind wohl, die da gelind
rasten auf sicherem Lande,
euch zu begreifen im Stande?
Das ist der nur allein,
welcher auf wilder See
stürmischer Öde treibt,
Meilen entfernt vom Strande.

German text by Georg Friedrich Daumer (1800-1875)
Based on a text in Persian by Hafis (Mohammed Schemsed-din) (c1327-1390) [text unavailable]

English.png English translation

Dark shades of night,
dangers of waves and whirlpools!
Are those who rest there so mildly
on firm ground
capable of comprehending you?
No: only one who
is tossed about on the wild sea's
stormy desolation,
miles from the shore.

English translation copyright by Emily Ezust - [The Lied and Art Song Page]
Used with translator's permission.