Ходжа Н. (hojja_nusreddin) wrote,
Ходжа Н.
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"None, but the lonely heart" (Tchaikovsky / Goete)


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Lyrics (English) - 1

No, only he who has known
the desire to see his beloved again
can understand what I have suffered
and what I am suffering

I gaze into the distance
my strength fails, my eye grows dim
The one who loved me
and knows me is far away
My heart is aflame: only he who knows
the desire to see his beloved again
can understand what I have suffered
and what I am suffering

My whole being is on fire
He who has known the longing
to see his beloved again
can understand what I have suffered
and what I am suffering.

Lyrics (English) - 2

None but the lonely heart
Can know my sadness
Alone and parted far
From joy and gladness

Heaven's boundless arch I see
Spread about above me
O what a distance dear
To one who loves me

None but the lonely heart
Can know my sadness
Alone and parted far
From joy and gladness

Alone and parted far
From joy and gladness
My senses fail, a burning fire
Devours me
None but the lonely heart
Can know my sadness
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This, one of Tchaikovsky's best-loved vocal pieces, comes from his collection of six songs, Op. 6. The fact that it was composed to a Russian translation of its original German text by Goethe often obscures its membership in the large family of setting of the same poem, "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt" ("Only he who knows loneliness") - one of Mignon's songs from the novel "Wilhelm Meister", this text inspired most of the Romantic lieder composers, most notably Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf, to compose some of their most memorable settings;
the poem's sense of desolate yearning speaks to the very heart of Romanticism, and Tchaikovsky certainly owed allegiance to that aesthetic.

Tchaikovsky's setting makes use of a syncopated chordal accompaniment; the lack of rhythmic grounding and the chromatic nature of chosen harmonies the inner harmony voices conspire to highlight the restless, disquieted tone of Goethe's text
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