Mahler day

We always think of him as writing on a monumental scale, but he could go small too.

Thomas Allen – Love is like a shining knife in the heart…

A little Mahler at a time…

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Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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3 Responses to Mahler day

  1. cmcmck says:

    Just fabulous (but as a fan of song, I would say that wouldn’t I? :o)

    Have you listened to any of the English WW1 generation song albums that are about at present (quite a lot available cheaply on Naxos)? I refer to the Butterworth, Alwyn, Finzi, Gurney, Vaughan Williams et al song compositions. The arrangements of A E Houseman poetry can be particularly heart rending.

    • rozkaveney says:

      Gosh, don’t even get me started on that one…

      I’ve been listening to Butterworth’s songs a lot this week and also reviewing a novel by Wesley Stace, Charles Jessold considered as a murderer which takes the folk song revival movement, and its concert work hinterland, as its background. My personal predilection for the international School of Brahms – both Stanford and Parry wrote some amazing songs – doesn’t blind me to the superiority of that cluster.

      I also love Grainger’s Kipling settings. In him and Housman, British composers had two poets who practically set themselves.

      • cmcmck says:

        Hardy works particularly well too. The Irish poets Yeats and Ledwidge (who should be much better known that he is) are also fabulous when set- Butterworth’s setting of the latter’s: ‘Cradle Song’ is just lovely :o)

        ‘I love the cradle song the mothers sing
        In lonely places when the twilight drops’……….

        Butterworth’s: ‘Shropshire Lad’ settings can reduce me to a blubbering wreck every time!

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