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                               Brahms

 

ET CETTE SONATE DE BRAHMS

« I went to the Garden of Love
And saw what I never had seen”

(Je suis allé  au  Jardin d’Amour
Et  y ai vu ce que je n’avais jamais vu)

        William Blake, The Garden Of Love

 

Le jour est tellement bleu et sont si blanches les roses
Où l’air de l’Italie vient verser la paix,
Et cette sonate de Brahms saignant dans l’orangeraie
Comme une blessure profonde dans le silence des choses.

        Athanase Vantchev de Thracy

Glose :

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) : compositeur allemand. Musicien très précoce, issu
d’une famille modeste, il joua du piano dans les brasseries et les tavernes dès l’âge
de treize ans. Après de nombreuses tournées de concert comme pianiste et chef
d’orchestre, il se fixa à Vienne en 1862 pour se consacrer à la composition.

William Blake (1757-1827) : peintre, graveur et poète visionnaire anglais qui
composa des recueils de poèmes illustrés d'un genre unique dans la littérature
anglaise. Fils d'un bonnetier, il fréquenta peu l'école mais lut énormément comme le
prouve sa poésie. Il tomba sous l’influence profonde du fondateur de la théosophie
moderne, Jakob Böhme (1575-1624), mystique allemand dont l’oeuvre, y compris
Mysterium Magnum (1623), décrit le Mal comme une antithèse nécessaire du Bien. Il
connut également la pensée d’Emmanuel  Swedenborg (1688-1772), savant et
théologien suédois dont les écrits, De cultu et amore Dei (1745), Arcana caelestia
(1749-1756) jouissaient d’une grande audience.

 

 ENGLISH (My translation into English) :

 

And This Sonata Of Brahms

 

The day is so blue and so white are the roses

Where the air of Italy comes to pour the peace,

And this sonata of Brahms bleeding in the orange grove

As a deep wound in the silent flesh of the things.

Notes:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) : German composer, born in Hamburg. Brahms ranks among the greatest masters of the romantic period. The son of a musician, he early showed astonishing talent in many directions; he chose as a boy to become a pianist. As accompanist to the violinist Eduard Reményi he attracted the notice of Johann Joachim, who introduced him to leading musical circles. Brahms became the devoted friend of Robert and Clara Schumann, both of whom admired his compositions. His later activities as pianist and as choral conductor were not very successful, but after he settled in Vienna his compositions brought him enough money to support himself in simple comfort. Brahms never married, although he had several love affairs and remained deeply attached to Clara Schumann for years after her husband's death.

William Blake (1757-1827) : mystic English poet. William Blake started writing poems as a boy, many of them inspired by religious visions. Apprenticed to an engraver as a young man, Blake learned skills that allowed him to put his poems and drawings together on etchings, and he began to publish his own work. Throughout his life he survived on small commissions, never gaining much attention from the London art world. His paintings were rejected by the public (he was called a "lunatic" for his imaginative work), but he had a profound influence on Romanticism as a literary movement.

 

ENGLISH : 

And This Brahms Sonata

'I went to the Garden of Love
And saw what I had never seen.'

       William Blake

The day is so blue and the roses so white
where the air of Italy comes to pour down its peace,
and this Brahms sonata that bleeds into the orange grove
like a deep wound in the silence of things.

translated from the French of Athanase Vantchev de Thracy by Norton Hodges

11.10.05.