Das Lied Von Der Erde ~ Autumn Loneliness (The song of the Earth)

59" x 22"
oil on Canvas
Step into the enchanting world of Paula Arciniega's painting inspired by Mahler's "Das Lied Von Der Erde ~ Autumn Loneliness." This exquisite artwork, a testament to Paula's artistic prowess, captures the essence of Mahler's composition with a contemporary twist.

The canvas breathes with the melancholic beauty of autumn, mirroring the poignant verses of Chang Tsi. Paula's brushstrokes delicately craft a visual narrative that echoes the undulating mists, the frost-kissed grass, and the ephemeral blossoms scattered like jade dust. The interplay of colors and forms transports viewers to a realm where nature and emotion intertwine.

Within this captivating painting, Paula's masterful translation of the yearning and weariness expressed in the poetry creates a visual symphony that resonates with Mahler's melodic exploration of life's transience. Each stroke on the canvas echoes the profound emotions embedded in the verses, inviting viewers to connect with the poignant beauty of the changing seasons.

As you immerse yourself in this masterpiece, you'll discover a harmonious blend of classical inspiration and contemporary expression. Paula Arciniega's unique ability to infuse Mahler's composition with her own artistic language results in a piece that is both timeless and deeply resonant. Explore the longing, the solitude, and the eternal cycle of nature within this painting, where classical melodies find new expression through the medium of visual art.

Blue autumn mists undulate over the lake;
the grass is standing stiff with frost;
One might think an artist had strewn jade dust over all the fine blossoms.
The sweet fragrance of flowers has flown away;
a cold wind forces them to bow their stems low. Soon the wilted golden leaves of lotus flowers will drift upon the water. My heart is weary.
My small lamp has gone out with a splutter;
it reminds me of sleep.
I am coming to you, comfort place of rest!
Yes, give me rest - I have need of rejuvenation.
I weep much in my solitude.
The autumn in my heart has lasted too long.
Sun of love, will you never shine again, gently to dry my bitter tears?

~ Chang Tsi

The debut public performance was given on 20 November 1911 in the Tonhalle in Munich, with Bruno Walter conducting
Das Lied von der Erde (The song of the Earth)  by  Gustav Mahler
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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