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Language: Russian (Русский)

Сижу за решёткой в темнице сырой.
Вскормлённый [в неволе]1 орёл молодой,
Мой грустный товарищ, махая крылом,
Кровавую пищу клюет под окном.

Клюёт и бросает, и смотрит в окно,
Как будто со мною задумал одно,
Зовёт меня взглядом и криком своим
И вымолвить хочет: ,,Давай улетим!

Мы вольные птицы; Пора, брат, пора!
Туда, где за тучей белеет гора,
Туда, где синеют морские края,
Туда, где гуляем лишь ветер... да я!``

Translation(s): FRE GER GER

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Note: written in Kishinyov
1 Gretchaninov, Medtner: "na vole"

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  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Michel Dimitri Calvocoressi) , "Le captif", first published 1912

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Le captif

Language: French (Français) after the Russian (Русский)

Je suis dans ma cage, dans l'ombre glacée,
Moi fils de l'air libre, moi jeune faucon ;
Mon frère s'afflige, m'appelle à grands cris.
Il tourne, il se pose, puis ronge une proie ;

Et puis il la quitte regarde de vers moi,
Un rêve, le même, nous hante tous deux,
Son cri perçant monte, je lis dans ses yeux,
Je sens qu'il m'implore ; « Fuyons loin d'ici !

Nos ailes sont libres ; viens frère, il est temps !
Les cîmes sont blanches, l'azur nous attend,
Les brises marines, les clairs horizons.
Là-bas dans l'espace, nous sommes les rois ! »

From a Gretchaninov score, Leipzig: M.P. Belaieff, 1912.

Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


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  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799 - 1837), "Узник", written 1822 GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Aliabev, Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Pauline Viardot-García. Go to the text.

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