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Topic: Death in Classical Music, Opera, DramaGre, Great Requiems, Tone Poems, Death Scenes
April
Fiancee of Thanatos


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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 :beer: 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. :clap2:

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 :angelic: ... although to me Thanatos is not exactly an angel, but a suitor who is my Beloved. :rose:

Edited by April on Feb. 19 2015,6:37 am

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HOLDEN
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Posted: Feb. 19 2015,1:22 pm

I'd have to jog my memory to provide much input, but thanks for re-starting the topic.   :beer:

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April
Fiancee of Thanatos


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Posted: Feb. 21 2015,10:34 pm

You're welcome. Or, as I'm inclined to say, thanks for your appreciation! :biggrin:

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