Serenade – Schubert
Leise flehen meine Lieder
durch die Nacht zu dir;
in den stillen Hain hernieder,
Liebchen, komm zu mir!
Flüsternd schlanke Wipfel rauschen
in des Mondes Licht, in des Mondes Licht;
des Verräters feindlich Lauschen
ｆürchte, Holde, nicht, ｆürchte, Holde, nicht.
Hörst die Nachtigallen schlagen?
ach! sie flehen Dich,
mit der Töne süssen Klagen
flehen sie für mich!
Sie versteh’n des Busens Sehnen,
kennen Liebesschmerz, kennen Liebesschmerz
rühren mit den Silbertönen
jedes weiche Herz, jedes weiche Herz.
Lass auch dir die Brust bewegen,
Liebchen, höre mich !
bebend harr’ ich dir entgegen !
komm, beglücke mich !
komm, beglücke mich, beglücke mich !
Franz Peter Schubert (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁants ˈʃuːbɛɐ̯t]; January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer.
Although he died at an early age, Schubert was tremendously prolific. He wrote some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies (including the famous “Unfinished Symphony”), liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. Appreciation of his music during his lifetime was limited, but interest in Schubert’s work increased dramatically in the decades following his death at the age of 31. Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, among others, discovered and championed his works in the 19th Century. Today, Schubert is admired as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.
Nana Mouskouri (Greek: Nάνα Μούσχουρη), born Ioánna Moúschouri (Greek: Ιωάννα Μούσχουρη) on October 13, 1934, in Chania, Crete, Greece, is a Greek singer who has sold nearly 400 million records worldwide in a career spanning over five decades, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She was known as Nána to her friends and family as a child. (Note that in Greek her surname is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable – MOOS-hoo-ree – rather than the second.) She has recorded songs in many languages, including Greek, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin Chinese and Maori.