Great Music!

In my last post, I presented two poems that depict the safety and innocence of childhood.

Below are two musical pieces, one of which is very famous, both depicting the same childhood innocence and safety of the two poems.  The feeling that is presented is what one experiences surrounded by a loving family and a caring society.

What is interesting is that the poets and composers present a very similar experience, presented in their own artistic language.

Lullaby, Op. 49, No. 4 (Brahms, 1868)

This theme is one of the most famous and recognizable in the world.  It is sung, or hummed, by parents the world over to put their children to sleep.  It is an evocative piece representing peace, safety, and familial love.

Cantata No. 208, Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach, 1713)

This piece was commissioned as a birthday present to Duke Christian in Weissenfels.  The work has a German signing part that translates to: “where princes govern well, one senses peace and harmony at what makes the (Duke’s) region happy.”  The tranquility of this cantata evokes this sense of peace and harmony cherished by the people as a result of proper governance by the nobility. 

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