Monday, 19 October 2009

Ein Abendlied

On Friday evening the fine soloists of the RAM Song Circle performed an exquisite selection of pre-schubertian German Songs under their expert guidance and mesmerizing artistic authority of Richard Stokes, long a companion of many great lieder soloists of our time. The concert featured music by Haydn, Schulz, Reichardt and Beethoven amongst others and brought forth to me the very essence of art; That of pure beauty transcended through joy, sadness and pain.
Schulz wrote the famous Abendlied, based on the poem by Matthias Claudius, in which the moon has risen in the night and the stars stand clear over the silent fields and woods of the earth. It has always inspired me to contemplate, and contemplate we must if we are to create beautiful art. I believe it descends to us when we recognize those special moments in life, like a clear night sky. Moments when we may truly feel. I felt inspired all weekend, by the songs of Schulz, Reichardt ... , I might even have told a girl, how beautiful she looked ..
So in evening hours, when you feel weary, or sad, listen to beautiful music or song and look up to the skies and they might twinkle back at you.

Der Mond ist aufgegangen,
Die goldnen Sternlein prangen
Am Himmel hell und klar;
Der Wald steht schwarz und schweiget,
Und aus den Wiesen steiget
Der weisse Nebel wunderbar.