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This week (and next) on Exploring Music… The Proud Tower

The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara Tuchman

The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914 by Barbara Tuchman

This week and next on Exploring Music, we’re listening to music from 1890 to 1914, from the Gilded Age to the Great War.  Composers include Strauss, Mahler, Bruckner, Schoenberg, and many more.

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A Very Valentine – Gertrude Stein

Very fine is my valentine.
Very fine and very mine.
Very mine is my valentine very mine and very fine.
Very fine is my valentine and mine, very fine very
mine and mine is my valentine.

Come and Be My Baby – Maya Angelou

The highway is full of big cars
going nowhere fast
And folks is smoking anything that’ll burn
Some people wrap their lives around a cocktail glass
And you sit wondering
where you’re going to turn
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.

Some prophets say the world is gonna end tomorrow
But others say we’ve got a week or two
The paper is full of every kind of blooming horror
And you sit wondering
What you’re gonna do.
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.

Willem Mengelberg Poem

In today’s program, Bill mentioned the poem that Willem Mengelberg wrote into his score of Gustav Mahler’s 5th Symphony Adagietto. Here’s the complete text:

Wie ich dich liebe,
Du meine Sonne,
ich kann mit Worten Dir’s nicht sagen
Nur meine Sehnsucht
kann ich Dir klagen
Und meine Liebe
Meine Wonne!

How I love you,
You, my sun,
I cannot find the words to tell you.
Only my longing
Can I lament to you,
And my love,
My delight!

On
the lower margin, also in Mengelberg’s writing, we read “If music is a
language, then this is the proof. He [Mahler] tells her [Alma] in tones and sounds, in music.”

Excerpted from Constantin Floros’ Gustav Mahler- The Symphonies

Thomas Hardy – Lines to a Movement in Mozart’s E-flat Symphony

Show me again the time
When in the Junetide’s prime
We flew by meads and mountains northerly! –
Yea, to such freshness, fairness, fulness, fineness, freeness,
Love lures life on.

Show me again the day
When from the sandy bay
We looked together upon the pestered sea! –
Yea, to such surging, swaying, sighing, swelling, shrinking,
Love lures life on.

Show me again the hour
When by the pinnacled tower
We eyed each other and feared futurity! –
Yea, to such bodings, broodings, beatings, blanchings, blessings,
Love lures life on.

Show me again just this:
The moment of that kiss
Away from the prancing folk, by the strawberry-tree! –
Yea, to such rashness, ratheness, rareness, ripeness, richness,
Love lures life on.

Dvorák in Love

Today Bill mentioned Josef Skvorecky’s fictional book Dvorák in Love, which tells of Dvorák’s relationship with Josephine. It was Josephine’s favorite song, “Lasst Mich Allein,” which made its way into the finale of Dvorák’s cello concerto.

This Week on Exploring Music – It was a Lover and His Lass

Composers influenced by the great elixir of love.

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