I got goose-bumps on my arms and began to weep as this realization struck me. I am a bit lonely holed up in an apartment in Granada where I know only two people. Needless to say my partner will not be joining me here. I am not feeling unhappy, but the existence of all these songs made me weep at the thought of how much beauty was there, and largely unappreciated.
Lieder is this little corner of the musical world that went unappreciated by me until I began this project. I just knew a tiny fraction of it (I still do, in fact). The immediate occasion was listening to a singer who had done some George Crumb material, and then hearing her sing Aaron Copland's Emily Dickinson cycle. I didn't even like Copland until today!