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Ночи безумные, ночи бессонные

Language: Russian (Русский)

Ночи безумные, ночи бессонные,
Речи несвязные, взоры усталые...
Ночи, последним огнем озаренные,
Осени мёртвой цветы запоздалые!

Пусть даже время рукой беспощадною
Мне указало, что было в вас ложного,
Всё же лечу я к вам памятью жадною,
В прошлом ответа ищу невозможного...

Вкрадчивым шепотом вы заглушаете
Звуки дневные, несносные, шумные... 
В тихую ночь вы мой сон отгоняете,
Ночи бессонные, ночи безумные!

Translation(s): ENG FRE GER

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG FRE by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:20
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Frenzied nights, reckless nights

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

Frenzied nights, reckless nights,
Incoherent thoughts, tired glances...
Nights, illuminated by the last fire,
Autumn’s dead flowers blooming too late!

Even if the merciless hand of time
Has showed me that which was false in you,
I still fly to you full of a covetous memory,
Stuck in the past, looking for an impossible answer...

Insinuating whispers from you muffle
The sounds of day, unbearable, noisy... 
In the quiet night, you drive away my dream,
frenzied nights, reckless nights!

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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksei Nikolayevich Apukhtin (1841 - 1893), no title, first published 1876 FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): E. M. Balkashina, P. P. Derviz, Sergei Ivanovich Donaurov, M. N. Ofrosimov, A. V. Sologub, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Evgeny Borisovich Vilbushevich. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-10-23.
Last modified: 2016-10-23 18:32:16
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