O schöne Nacht, Op. 92, No. 1 (Johannes Brahms)

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  • (Posted 2004-09-17)  CPDL #07878:   
Editor: Drew Collins (submitted 2004-09-17).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 279 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Previously hosted on external site. Uploaded to CPDL server 2008-03-06.
  • (Posted 2000-03-31)  CPDL #00683:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2000-03-31).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 224 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O schöne Nacht, Op. 92, No. 1
Composer: Johannes Brahms

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

Language: German
Instruments: Piano

First published:
Description: No. 1 from Vier Quartette, Op. 92

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Original text and translations

German.png German text

O schöne Nacht
am Himmel märchenhaft erglänzt der Mond in seiner ganzen Pracht;
Um ihn der kleinen Sterne liebliche Genossenschaft.
O schöne Nacht
Es schimmert hell der Tau am grünen Halm;
Mit Macht im Fliederbusche schlägt die Nachtigall.
Der Knabe schleicht zu seiner Liebsten sacht.
O schöne Nacht!

French.png French translation

translation by Claire Delavallée

Ô belle nuit!
Dans le ciel, la lune resplendit, féérique, dans toute sa gloire;
Autour d'elle, l'aimable compagnie des petites étoiles.
Ô belle nuit!
La rosée scintille sur les brins d'herbe;
Dans le bosquet de lilas, le rossignol lance son chant puissant;
Le jeune homme se glisse sans bruit jusqu'à sa bien-aimée.
Ô belle nuit!

English.png English translation

Oh beautiful night!
The moon is fabulously shining in its complete splendour in the sky;
Around it, sweet company of little stars.
Oh beautiful night!
The dew is shimmering brightly on the green blades of grass;
The nightingale sings ardently in the lilac bush, and
The boy steals softly to his lover.
Oh beautiful night!