It’s very late, and I have only a few minutes before I turn back into a pumpkin; but let me quickly — very quickly! — create a posting that relates to a tiny curiosity of musical history that has been on my mind during my free moments today…
Here is a little song arrangement that was produced by Beethoven in 1812 or 1813.
I’ve put the lyrics below the video panel, so that everyone can see everything that is being sung.
If you’ll kindly give the item a hearing or two (or more…), I’ll come back as soon as I can, and let you know — if you haven’t worked it out already! — just why this lovely little song is such a ‘curiosity’…
Save me from the grave and wise; For vainly would I tax my spirit, Be the thing that I despise, And rival all their stupid merit. Oh! my careless laughing heart, O, dearest Fancy, let my find thee! Let me but from sorrow part, And leave this moping world behind me. Chorus Speak, ye wiser than the wise, Breathe aloud your welcome measure, Youthful fancy well can prize The words that counsel Love and Pleasure. Is it merry look, or speech, Or bounding step that thus displeases? Go, and graver movements teach To yon light goss'mer on the breezes: Go where breathes the opening spring, And chide the flowers for gaily blowing; Tell the linnet not to sing In jocund May, when noon is glowing. Chorus Speak, ye wiser than the wise, Breathe aloud your welcome measure, Youthful fancy well can prize The words that counsel Love and Pleasure. Hence with wisdom, dull and drear, And welcome folly at a venture. Cease, my song, a sound I hear, The planxty comes--the dancers enter. In yon throng, if I should see Some gallant, giddy, gay adviser, Who through life might counsel me, He indeed might make me wiser. Chorus Speak, ye wiser than the wise, Breathe aloud your welcome measure, Youthful fancy well can prize The words that counsel Love and Pleasure
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