Time to quit for the evening.

There is a part in Hugo Wolf’s song “Der Feuerreiter” / “The fire rider” where the singer is singing “hinterm Berg! hinterm Berg!” / “behind the hill! behind the hill!” in such a way as to express dismay, agitation and fear. Unfortunately, what I hear is “Hindenburg! Hindenburg!” which – although it does make a certain kind of sense given that we are talking about things being on fire – if taken literally might distort somewhat one’s mental image of what is going on in the song.

8 thoughts on “Time to quit for the evening.

  1. I don’t have anything witty, clever, glib, or intelligent to add to this, except:
    1. I do run into this sort of thing myself
    2. When you blog about this sort of thing it always makes me giggle. And that’s a good thing.

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    1. I’m with Rob, especially his second point. One of the pleasures of reading your blog is your sense of fun. That and the opera stuff you mention from time to time 😉

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      1. On the subject of creative hearing (or mis-hearing), is it just me or does everyone giggle childishly at the beginning of verse 2 of the Inflammatus in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater? Every time? I have managed to reduce the giggle to a smile but no further than that, I’m ashamed to say. I have the Biondi/Daniels/Röschmann version, btw.

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        1. I haven’t listened to that recording in such a long time that I’ve forgotten whether I heard it that way or not! But based on a glance at the text I see what you mean. (I have the same recording – unsurprising, of course.)

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            1. Actually, I shouldn’t be so flippant. There is no question but that both DR and DD are entirely sincere in their presentation of the text and its meaning (which is significant). It is, I think, a lovely performance. The creative mis-hearing for me comes from the incongruity between the general musical context and what I know the text to be about and what my puerile mind automatically thinks it is hearing based on sound alone. I hope to get over this one day but so far – no.

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              1. Nothing wrong with being flippant, as far as I’m concerned – I think it’s perfectly possible to take a piece of music seriously and laugh at the odd things one’s brain does at the same time.

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