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Strauss Serenade for Viola and Piano

Arranged and Edited by Donald McInnes


Title: Serenade
Composer: Richard Strauss
Instrument: Viola
Edited By: Donald McInnes
Instrumentation: Solo with Piano
Pages: 8 including the viola and piano parts

Serenade (Ständchen) from Six Lieder, Op. 17 by Richard Strauss has been arranged for viola and piano by world-famous violist Donald McInnes.

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Below is the original German text by Adolf Friedrich Graf von Schack and the English translation by Lawrence Snyder and Rebecca Plack for Richard Strauss' Serenade:

Mach auf, mach auf, doch leise mein Kind,
Um keinen vom Schlummer zu wecken. 
Kaum murmelt der Bach, kaum zittert im Wind 
Ein Blatt an den Büschen und Hecken. 
Drum leise, mein Mädchen, daß nichts sich regt, 
Nur leise die Hand auf die Klinke gelegt. 

Mit Tritten, wie Tritte der Elfen so sacht, 
Die über die Blumen hüpfen, 
Flieg leicht hinaus in die Mondscheinnacht, 
mir in den Garten zu schlüpfen. 
Rings schlummern die Blüten am rieselnden Bach 
 Und duften im Schlaf, nur die Liebe ist wach. 

Sitz nieder, hier dämmert's geheimnisvoll 
Unter den Lindenbäumen, 
Die Nachtigall uns zu Häupten soll 
Von unseren Küssen träumen, 
Und die Rose, wenn sie am Morgen erwacht, 
Hoch glühn von den Wonnenschauern der Nacht. 


Open up, open, but softly my dear, 
So as to wake no one from sleep. 
The brook hardly murmers, the wind hardly shakes 
A leaf on bush or hedge. 
So, softly, my maiden, so that nothing stirs, 
Just lay your hand softly on the doorlatch. 

With steps as soft as the footsteps of elves, 
Soft enough to hop over the flowers,
Fly lightly out into the moonlit night, 
To steal to me in the garden. 
The flowers are sleeping along the rippling brook, 
Fragrant in sleep, only love is awake. 

Sit, here it darkens mysteriously 
Beneath the lindens, 
The nightingale over our heads 
Shall dream of our kisses, 
And the rose, when it wakes in the morning, 
Shall glow from the wondrous passions of the night.


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