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Певец

Language: Russian (Русский)

Слыхали ль вы за рощей глас ночной
Певца любви, певца своей печали?
Когда поля в час утренний молчали,
Свирели звук унылый1 и простой
Слыхали ль вы, слыхали ль вы?

Встречали ль вы в пустынной тьме лесной
Певца любви, певца своей печали?
[Прискорбную ль улыбку замечали]2,
Иль тихий взор, исполненный тоской,
Встречали вы, встречали вы?

Вздохнули ль вы, внимая [тихой]3 глас
Певца любви, певца своей печали?
Когда в лесах вы юношу видали,
Встречая взор его потухших глаз,
Вздохнули ль вы, вздохнули ль вы?


Translation(s): ENG FRE GER

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1 N.S. Titov: "унылой " ("unyloj")
2 N.S. Titov, Medtner: "Следы ли слёз, улыбку ль замечали" ("Sledy li sljoz, ulybku l' zamechali")
3 N.S. Titov: "тихий" ("tikhij")

Submitted by Emily Ezust

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), [adaptation] by Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein.

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
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The singer

Language: English after the Russian (Русский)

Did you hear beyond the grove the night voice
Of the singer of love who sings of his sadness?
In the morning, when the fields were silent,
It was the plaintive and simple sound of the pipe.
        Did you hear it?

Did you meet in the desolate darkness of the forest
The singer of love who sings of his sadness?
Did you notice a trace of tears or smile,
Or a gentle and mournful glance?
        Did you meet him?

Did you sigh to hear the tender voice
Of the singer of love who sings of the sadness?
When you saw the young man in the forest,
And met the look of his mournful eyes,
        Did you sigh?


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  • Translation from Russian (Русский) to English copyright © 2008 by Dmitri Smirnov, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Based on
  • a text in Russian (Русский) by Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799 - 1837), "Певец", first published 1816 FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Aliabev, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Ivan Petrovich Shishov, Dmitri Nikolaevich Smirnov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Alexeyevich Titov, Nikolai Sergeyevich Titov, Aleksei Nikolayevich Verstovsky. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2008-01-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:34
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Word count: 117