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Volt mayn tate raykh geven 01:44
 

Liner Notes

The earliest songs recorded here—Shtile tener (1918), Volt mayn tate raykh geven (1918), Dos gold fun dayne oygn (1922), Tsela-tseldi (1922), and Viglid (Markish; 1925)—are perhaps more conventional and less adventurous than the later ones, but they are expertly composed. Volt mayn tate raykh geven and Tsela-tseldi are full of high spirits, with virtuoso piano parts and striking contrasts.

By: Yehudi Wyner

 

Lyrics

Poet: Aaron Nissenson (1898–1964)

If my father were rich,
I would never bargain.
I would buy a horse that could
Leap up to the sky.

I would leap so high
And seize the sun,
And then come to the world and say:
I have captured the sun.

From all over the world
The forty most beautiful women will come;
And to me—the hero—
Their hearts they would pledge.

Amongst the beauties of the world
You too would come:
From amongst the beauties of the world
I would choose you.

I would hang the sun back up
Where it had been hanging,
And let the horse loose,
And stroll with you.

Poet: Aaron Nissenson (1898–1964)

volt mayn tate raykh geven,
volt ikh zikh nit dingen;
kh’volt gekoyft a ferd, vos ken
bis tsum himl shpringen.

kh’volt a shprung ton azoy hoykh,
un di zun derlangen,
un dan kumen tsu der velt:
kh’hob di zun gefangen.

voltn kumen fun der velt
shenste fertsik froyen;
voltn zey far mir—dem held
zeyer harts fartroyern.

tsvishn shenste fun der velt
volstu oykh gekumen;
tsvishn shenste af der velt
volt ikh dir genumen.

kh’volt di zun tsurik gehengt
vu zi iz gehangen,
un dem ferd avekgelozt,
un mit dir gegangen.


 

Credits

Composer: Lazar Weiner

Length: 01:44
Genre: Art Song

Performers: Ida Rae Cahana, Mezzo-soprano;  Yehudi Wyner, Piano

Date Recorded: 12/01/2001
Venue: Lefrak Concert Hall/Colden Center for the Arts (E), Flushing, New York
Engineer: Lazarus, Tom
Assistant Engineer: Martyn, Tim

Additional Credits:

Translations and Transliterations: Eliyahu Mishulovin
Preliminary preparations by Adam J. Levitin

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