I spent some of the weekend reflecting on the tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, but I spent most of the weekend trying to avoid thinking about it. I read a list of the names of the dead, and cried when I read their ages, most just six and seven years old.
Those of us in the arts community understand, perhaps more than most, that music is a tool for grief. So this morning, I turned to Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. Mahler set poems written by Friedrich Rückert upon the death of his children by scarlet fever.
The text of the poems in German and in English can be found here.