Tuesday, May 1, 2012

for the birth of a child

In 1944, Schoenberg wrote a short canon in honor of the birth of Richard Rodzinski, son of the famous conductor Arthur Rodzinski.  The text is priceless:

I am almost sure, when your nurse will change your diapers,
  she will not sing you one of my George Songs,
nor of my Second String Quartet;
  but perhaps she stills you:
Sleep, Richard, Sleep! Your father loves you!

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