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Six Romances

Georgy Vasilevich Sviridov (1915-1998)

Six Romances (1935)

Text by Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)

Translations below:

1. Winter Night
2. Winter Road
3. For Nanny
4. Approaching Izhory
5. Presentiment
6. The Forest in purple-red losing its attire

The 'Six Romances' were one of Sviridov's earlierst compositions, and resulted in the 19-year-old being invited to join the Union of Soviet Composers, quite an achievement for someone so young. The work, written for baritone and piano, is a suite of six songs, based on the texts of Pushkin.


2. Winter Road

Through the murk the moon is veering,
Ghost-accompanist of night,
On the melancholy clearings
Pouring melancholy light.

Runs the troika with its dreary
Toneless jangling sleigh-bell on
Over dismal snow' I'm weary,
Hungry, frozen to the bone.

Coachman in a homely fashion's
Singing as we flash along;
Now a snatch of mournful passion,
Now a foulmouthed drinking-song.

Not a light shines, not a lonely
Dusky cabin. . . Snow and hush. . .
Streaming past the troika only
Mileposts, striped and motley, rush.

Dismal, dreary. . . But returning
Homewards! And tomorrow, through
Pleasant crackles of the burning
Pine-logs, I shall gaze at you:

Dream, and go on gazing, Nina,
One whole circle of the clock;
Midnight will not come between us,
When we gently turn the lock

On our callers. . . Drowsing maybe,
Coachman's faded, lost the tune;
Toneless, dreary, goes the sleigh-bell;
Nina, clouds blot out the moon.

Translated by D.M. Thomas



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