Autumn Night by Nagata Hideo and Yamada Kosaku (秋の夜 / 長田秀雄 x 山田耕筰)

Silently illumined  In the moonlight
The sorrowful crying  Sound of insects
Silently darkening  The autumn night
Inviting loneliness  Sound of insects

しづかに照らす 月かげに
あはれなきよる 虫の聲
しづかに更くる 秋の夜の
さびしささそふ 虫の聲

NOTES:

Nagata Hideo (1885 – 1949) was a Japanese poet, playwright and scriptwriter.

Yamada Kosaku (1886 – 1965) was a Japanese composer who left behind approximately 1600 pieces of music.

The words were written by Nagata, and Yamada set them to music. You can hear a performance of the song here.

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