Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : O wie will ich triumphieren from Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

January 27, 1756 , December 5, 1791
Salzburg , Vienna
The Artist:
A child prodigy, Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was eight years old and his first opera at 12. He went on to write some of the most important masterpieces of the Classical era, including symphonies, operas, string quartets and piano music.
O! wie will ich triumphieren!
Wenn sie euch zum Richtplatz führen
Und die Hälse schnüren zu;
Hüpfen will ich, lachen, springen
Und ein Freudenliedchen singen
Denn nun hab' ich vor euch Ruh.
Schleicht nur säuberlich und leise
Ihr verdammten Harems-Mäuse,
Unser Ohr entdeckt euch schon;
Und eh' ihr uns könnt entspringen,
Seht ihr euch in unsern Schlingen,
Und erhaschet euren Lohn.
O! wie will ich triumphieren! etc.

Oh, how I shall triumph
When they conduct you to the place of execution
And put the garrotte round your throats!
I shall gambol, laugh and jump about
And sing a song of delight,
Since I am rid of you at last.
No matter how softly and carefully you prowl,
You confounded harem mice,
Our ear is bound to detect you!
And ere you can escape us
You find yourselves caught in our snares
And will get your just desserts.
Oh, how I shall triumph etc.
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