"How dreadful!" cried Lord Henry. "I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." ~ Oscar Wilde - The picture of Dorian Gray
Sorry for the late reply but my current access to the internet is only sporadic at best.
Originally Posted by entropie
I think if Wagner and Strauss are hot chicks it is perfectly fine
Oh, they're sizzling all right.
Originally Posted by Blackmail!
I would not exactly agree on this. This language is rather husky and guttural, and it's no wonder it is used to tame dangerous animals.
I had no idea it was used as such but have you looked at it from a different viewpoint? That it's a calming influence on berserk creatures due to it's inherent beauty and the way it rolls off the tongue.
Originally Posted by ragashree
That seems pretty cool, actually, at least with me It's generally the sort of reason why I bother with such things!
I don't know much about German or opera, actually, but there are a few worthy exceptions -and there just popped into my head as I was responding *have to look up for some of the spelling, phooey*
ist nur ein Gleichnis;
hier wird's eireignis,
heir ist's getan
zieht uns hinan.
Something like: All that is transitory is but a symbol/ all inadequacy here is fulfilled/the indescribable here comes to pass/the eternal feminine leads us upwards.
Conclusion of Mahler's 8th, and also Goethe's Faust
To paraphrase St Thomas Aquinas, "After you have heard Mahler, everything else is but mere straw."