Brahms' Settings of Poetry
In this region of the Davidsbündler site, we provide a series of essays concerning the method by which Brahms conceptualized the composition of the Lied or classical song, and in particular, how he "translated" poetic conceptions from the text to the language of music.
Heine's poem, Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht, and Schiller's Nšnie have a "family relationship" with other poems, which address, in different ways, the paradox of mortality: the physical body of Man must eventually grow weak and die, but the products of his creative reason continue to reach out and change the universe long after the body has expired.
Compare the following poems:
...and as an added bonus:Brahms analyzes a poem by Goethe!