Saturday, August 11, 2007
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
"Song to the Moon"
Silver moon upon the deep dark sky, / Through the vast night pierce your rays. / This sleeping world you wander by, / Smiling on men's homes and ways. / Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me, / Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide? / Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me / Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide? / Tell him, oh tell him, my silver moon, / Mine are the arms that shall hold him, / That between waking and sleeping he may / Think of the love that enfolds him, / May between waking and sleeping / Think of the love that enfolds him. / Light his path far away, light his path, / Tell him, oh tell him who does for him stay! / Human soul, should it dream of me, Let my memory wakened be. / Moon, moon, oh do not wane, do not wane, / Moon, oh moon, do not wane....
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Dvorak was born in a Bohemian village. He worked as a violist under Smetana and with the encouragement of Brahms, devoted his life to composition. Between 1892 and 1895 he spent time in the USA as director of the new National Conservatory. He returned home to live a simple life in his own country. He died in 1904, shortly after the first performances of his last opera, Armida. [Adapted from HNH International]