Many thanks to Sound Mind for informing me of Mahler’s birthday, and sharing one of my most favorite works (that I much prefer to listen to and prefer not to perform).

I really shouldn’t even include my own trite words with this particular blog entry. The music is sheer beauty. I think it demands silence before and after. So pause a moment. Breathe deeply, and then listen. After, perhaps a bit more silence, yes?

Translation:

I am lost to the world with
which I used to waste so much time,
It has heard nothing from me for so long
that it may very well believe that I am dead!

It is of no consequence to me
Whether it thinks me dead;
I cannot deny it,
for I really am dead to the world.

I am dead to the world’s tumult,
And I rest in a quiet realm!
I live alone in my heaven,
In my love and in my song!

3 Comments

  1. lovely! thanks for posting!

  2. Glad you liked it, Gabrielle!

  3. Mahler! Always Mahler!

    My friend the composer of universal inclusion and depth.

    Viva Mahler! and Happy B-Date! with love.
    You are eternally alive.