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The Song of the Earth

The only surviving calligraphy in Li T’ai-po's own handwriting

The only surviving calligraphy in Li T’ai-po’s own handwriting

The earth breathes deeply, filled with peace and sleep.
—from Das Abschied (The Farewell), Das Lied von der Erde

I’ve long had a CD of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). I don’t remember where or when I bought it. I set it aside, forgotten, on a shelf. This year, resolving to fill the yawning Mahler gap in my musical education, I began playing it from time to time. I was separated from the liner notes and, with a notable lack of diligence, failed to find out who wrote the texts Mahler set. Continue reading