The Mahler Project

Das Lied Von Der Erde ~ Autumn Loneliness

59" x 22"
oil on Canvas
Private Collection
The debut public performance was given on 20 November 1911 in the Tonhalle in Munich, with Bruno Walter conducting.

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 Rite of Spring  by  Stravinsky
With Permission:  2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008
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