Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Brahmsday


The most humane composer of all time would be 178 years old today.  To celebrate, one of the most beautiful of his works, "Zum Schluss" (In the End), the last song in the Neue Liebesliederwalzer, set to a text by Goethe:

Now, you Muses, enough!
In vain you strive to show
how misery and happiness
change places in the loving breast.
You cannot heal the wounds
that Love has caused,
but solace comes, dear ones,
only from you.

2 comments:

simchafisher said...

He is the most humane composer! I always feel like he's saying, "Death is sweet, but life is sweeter." Thanks for posting this.

Pentimento said...

Oh, he is saying that, Simcha -- his words exactly! : )