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Four Last Songs

“These mournful flowersRain-drenched in the coolness are bending,While Summer cowers, …”~‘September’Herman Hesse These Four Last Songs are Richard Strauss’s. The above quote is from what is generally listed as the second, September. The first is Frühling (Spring), the third Beim … Continue reading

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First Art from Beyond The Great Transition: Eco Collographs with Healing Sumac and Turmeric, Light and Emily Dickinson

Picking up from where I left off before The Great Transition – which has taken all of six months and still living in some chaos – I was very happy to find a few hours to make a batch of … Continue reading

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What I’m Singing: Schumann’s Song Cycle Liederkreis

I’ve just started the challenging task of learning to sing Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis – a song cycle of 12 songs (liede). The song in the You Tube video is song 5 of the cycle and it’s sung by lyric soprano Barbara Bonney. She’s one of my favourite sopranos. She has a clear, sweet, natural-sounding voice and whatever she is singing, she makes sound effortless. My homework this week was to learn songs 1-3, but I think Mondnacht (Moonlit Night) (song 5 in the cycle) is going to be my favourite. Continue reading

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What Am I Singing?

I was introduced to Ach, Ich Fuhl’s at 10 am today, (you try singing Mozart at 10 in the morning), which is from Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (Magic Flute). It is sung by Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. The male lead, Tamino, a handsome prince, falls in love with Pamina at first sight of her portrait. Pamina has been captured by an evil sorcerer, Sarastro. The Queen of the Night promises Pamina’s hand in marriage to Tamino if he rescues her. Does he? The aria is expressing Pamina’s despair when, at Scene 4, Pamina believes Tamino has abandoned her. Curiously, Flute is known for its association with Freemasonry. Continue reading

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