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Song of the Day: February 23

CaramoorThis week our curators of the Song of the Day blog are the Artistic Administration staff of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (our next concert, “At Home,” which will take place both at Caramoor and at Merkin Hall, features Caramoor’s 2016 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars). Caramoor’s Managing Director, Paul Rosenblum, brings us this selection:

Craigslistlieder are an intriguing and very diverting excursion into the creative mind of Gabriel Kahane, an amazing, but very unassuming musician, performer and composer. “Neurotic and Lonely” is my favorite song from this work, except perhaps for all of the others. To my ear, Gabe’s influences, reflected in this one song, include Hindemith, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Gershwin.

neurotic and lonely – 20
Reply to: pers-134000159@craigslist.org Date: 2006-02-14, 9:45PM EST

average height, brown eyes (slightly disportionate), brown curly hair (jewfro), 20 y/o, slightly hunched, occasionally employed anthropologist, chainsmoking jew, currently living with parents, off from school to deal with emotional problems (medicated), seeks gorgeous artsy genius woman interested in philosophical discourse, making out, television, woody allen movies, thelonious monk, the nazis, chinese food, thomas pynchon, digestive disorders. must enjoy video games. must own a video game system. (my parents refuse to buy one for me) no ugg boots. no long island.

 

Song of the Day: February 22

Caramoor

This week our curators of the Song of the Day blog are the Artistic Administration staff of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (our next concert, “At Home,” which will take place both at Caramoor and at Merkin Hall, features Caramoor’s 2016 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars). First up is Caramoor’s Managing Director, Paul Rosenblum :
 
“Bist du bei mir” by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (formerly attributed to J.S. Bach)

I became aware of this beautiful aria only a few years ago, on a recording by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, with Gerald Moore, piano. Yes, I know that everybody else has always known it, just not me. Very popular for weddings and funerals, due to the sentiment of the lyric and the eminent peacefulness of the tune.

Included in the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, of 1725, and therefore assumed to have been written by J. S. Bach, more recent scholarship shows it to be the work of Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. How fortunate for him that it was copied into her notebook as it has made his name and work familiar to many.

Bist du bei mir, geh ich mit Freuden

zum Sterben und zu meiner Ruh.

Ach, wie vergnügt wär so mein Ende,

es drückten deine schönen Hände

mir die getreuen Augen zu!

 

If you are with me, then I will go gladly

unto [my] death and to my rest.

Ah, what a pleasant end for me,

if your dear hands be the last I see,

closing shut my faithful eyes to rest!

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