Translation © by Jennifer Gliere

Дуют ветры
Language: Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE GER
Дуют ветры, 
ветры буйные,
Ходят тучи, 
[тучи]1 тёмные.

Не видать в них 
света белого,
Не видать в них 
солнца красного.

Во сырой [мгле]2, 
за туманами,
Только ночка, 
лишь чернеется —

В эту пору 
Одному жить —
сердцу холодно.

Грудь другую
Ему надобно:
Огонь-душу —
Красну девицу!

С ней зимою —
Лето тёплое;
При бездольи —
Горе — не горе!

R. Glière sets stanzas 1-4
M. Musorgsky sets stanzas 1-3, 1-2

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1 Gliere, Musorgsky: "ходят тучи" (khodjat tuchi)
2 Gliere, Musorgsky: "во мгле" (vo mgle)

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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):

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

  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache) (William Stigand, né Stigant) , "Longings"
  • ENG English (Jennifer Gliere) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Frieder Anders) , "Es pfeift der Wind", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 60

The winds blow
Language: English  after the Russian (Русский) 
The winds blow, 
Stormy winds.
Storm clouds,
Dark storm clouds gather.
No daylight
can be seen in them,
No red sun
Can be seen in them.
In the damp gloom,
Beyond the mist,
Only the night
That is almost black…

In bad weather
Such as this
The heart that lives alone
is cold.

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Translation of title "Дуют ветры" = "The winds blow"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-28
Line count: 16
Word count: 53