Autumn songs

Fall is a season while Autumn is a modality of the world.  Autumn is the world we are attuned to when our feelings as a subject and the elements of the Fall converge.  If a Heideggerian mood is “an engaged attunement that involves world disclosure,” the ten songs below resonate the mood of melancholy to disclose Autumn as a state of being-in-the-world.

[Egon Schiele: “Four Trees”]

Schubert: “Die Herbstnacht”, D 404: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – Gerald Moore

Schumann: “Herbstlied”, op. 43 no. 2: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Schreier – Christoph Eschenbach

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde, mov. 2, “Der Einsame im Herbst”: Christa Ludwig – Leonard Bernstein, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss: Four Last Songs, “September”: Kiri Te Kanawa – Georg Solti, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Elgar: “A Song of Autumn”: Benjamin Luxon – David Willison

Amy Beach: 4 Songs, op. 56 no. 1, “Autumn Song”: Kyle Bielfield – Lachlan Glen

Fauré: “Automne”, op. 18 no. 3: Elly Ameling – Dalton Baldwin

Hahn: “L’automne”: Susan Graham – Roger Vignoles

Bloch: Poèmes d’automne, no. 3, “Le declin”: Brigitte Balleys – David Shallon, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra

Weill: “September Song” from the movie September Affair (1950) by William Dieterle

October 1, 2018

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