Warum, Op. 92, No. 4 (Johannes Brahms)

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  • (Posted 2000-03-17)  CPDL #00762:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2000-03-17).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 188 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Warum, Op. 92, No. 4
Composer: Johannes Brahms

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularLied

Language: German
Instruments: Piano

First published:
Description:  No. 4 from Vier Quartette, Op. 92

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

Warum doch erschallen
himmelwärts die Lieder?
Zögen gerne nieder Sterne,
die droben blinken und wallen,
zögen sich Lunas lieblich Umarmen,
zögen die warmen, wonnigen Tage
seliger Götter gern uns herab!

English.png English translation

Why then do songs resonate
Ever up towards heaven?
They would draw down the stars
That twinkle and sparkle above;
Or Luna’s lovely embrace;
Or the warm, blissful days
Of the blessed gods towards us!