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Matthew Lipman and Jeremy Denk | Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Nächtwanderer Op. 7 No. 1


Matthew Lipman, viola
Jeremy Denk, piano

Performance Date

June 5, 2021

About this video

Matthew Lipman and Jeremy Denk perform the Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel song Nächtwanderer, Op 7 No. 1, transcribed for viola and piano. Recorded live in New York City, June 2021.

I wander through the quiet night;the moon floats so secretly and gently,often out from a dark cover of clouds.And here and there in the valleya nightingale awakensbut then all is gray and still again.

O wonderful nightsongfrom distant parts - the rushing of a streamand the soft shuddering in the dark treesconfuse my thoughts.My clamorous singing hereis only like a cry from my dreams.My singing is a cry,only a cry from my dreams.

Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff


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