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?


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!


  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.