Saturday, 9 April 2011

Thoughts on music and endings

Listening to the radio this morning while mopping the floor, I heard this aria from the Magic Flute:

Ah, I feel it, it has disappeared
Forever gone, love's  happiness!
Nevermore will come the hour of bliss
Back to my heart!
See, Tamino, these tears,
Flowing, beloved, for you alone!
If you don't feel the longing of love
Then there will be peace in death!

Of course in the end, Pamina gets her man and it’s three cheers all round. That’s opera for you. Real life isn’t like that, but it struck me while listening to the sadness of the music that this theme is as old as the hills.....”it’s over, he doesn’t love me any more....” Mozart must have known something of it to have written such a sad series of notes. Or maybe he was just a musical genius...and if someone had given Pamina a well-timed pep talk along the lines of, “Men are like buses, there’ll be another one along in a minute” the Magic Flute could have had a very different ending.
The fact is, hearts do mend; some of them remarkably quickly...for the rest of us, that healing will come in its own good time. And we will come out on the other side stronger, wiser people. At least, that’s the plan.

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