THE MUSIC BOX
February 13, 2022
Taelen Thomas, poetical showman
Melinda Coffey Armstead, piano
Prelude: A Lifetime of Love
Poetry and Prose by: William Butler Yeats, Robert Burns, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, e. e. cummings, Erica Jong, Ogden Nash, Rita Rudner, Pablo Neruda, Mae West, Dylan Thomas, Mitchell Parrish, Ira Gershwin
Music by: Frederic Chopin, Robert Burns, Jean Paul Martini,
Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin
Offertory: Widmung (Dedication). . . poem by Friedrich Rückert, trans. T. Thomas song by Robert Schumann, transcription by Franz Liszt
Postlude: Love Changes Everything . . . Andrew Lloyd Webber
You are my whole world,
You are my rapture,
O You are my heaven!
All my griefs are forever buried!
You are repose, you are peace,
You are bestowed on me from heaven.
Your love for me gives me my worth,
Your eyes transfigure me in mine.
O my guardian angel,
You raise me lovingly above myself!
– Friedrich Rückert
English translation by Taelen Thomas