Fiancee of Thanatos
Joined: Aug. 2009
|Posted: Feb. 19 2015,6:32 am
This is a topic i started some years ago, and it got a few responses that cheered me on but unfortunately it got deleted when some adjustments were made to the Forum (around 2011 or 2012, as I recall). I think someone suggested I restart it, so I finally have -- years after the suggestion was made.
Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, and many other great Requiem Masses, as well as the most exquisite death scenes in opera, ballet, and drama -- e.g. Siegfried's death and Funeral March in Wagner's Götterdämmerung -- are the tributes to the Angel of Death, in his/her many aspects, that we find in the world of classic art. These portray Azrael, or Thanatos (he/she is known by many names cross-culturally) in different, intriguing ways. Let us share our experiences and interpretations of these classic portrayals whenever we happen to see them.
I often think of Schubert's string quartet, "Death and the Maiden," which was inspired by a German poem by that title. In it, a Maiden flees from Death, only to hear him speak gently to her, telling her that she will sleep peacefully in his embrace. I encourage others to write about such portrayals of this angel, as some see him/her ... although to me Thanatos is not exactly an angel, but a suitor who is my Beloved.
Edited by April on Feb. 19 2015,6:37 am
"Death is the mother of beauty." -- Proverb