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Sometime at a concert hall, in recollection...

Sometime at a concert hall, in recollection,
A Brahms intermezzo will wound me-I'll start,
Remember that summer, the flowerbed garden,
The walks and the bathing, the tryst of six hearts,

The awkward, shy artist, with steep, dreamlike forehead,
Her smile, into which one would dive for a while,
A smile, as good-natured and bright as a river,
Her artist's appearance, her forehead, her smile.

They'll play me some Brahms-I will shudder, surrender,
And in retrospection the sounds will evoke
That faraway summer, the hoard of provisions,
My son and my brother, the garden, the oak.

The artist would stuff in her overall pockets
Her pencils, and objects with fanciful names,
Or would, inadvertently dropping her palette,
Turn much of the grass into colourful stains.

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The Detroit String Quartet played Brahms last night. Brahms lost.

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That was one of the big problems when I was at Harvard studying music. We had to write choral pieces in the style of Brahms or Mendelssohn, which was distressing because in the end you realized how good Brahms is, and how bad you are.

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Aimes-tu Brahms?

I am metabolizing Brahms
running his First Piano Trio
directly into an artery

the virus insinuates itself into
the probability field I call my life

lysergic bursts
light the limbic lattices
of my brain

and I
a lucipetal moth
impelled
toward the bright fields of mind

my thinking is wide now
all open
no fastenings
no demands

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Constant Is This Hip Hop And Pop

It is today,
Very constant.
Constant is this hip hop and pop.

And with some added rapping touches...
This phenomenon is not going to stop.
No not very soon.

I'd like to admit I like Tchaikovsky's,
Attitude.
With a little bit of Brahms,
When I'm in that mood.
Move over Beetoven when I'm open to Chopin,
And Mozart too!

I'd like to admit I like Tchaikovsky's,
Attitude.
With a little bit of Brahms,
When I'm in that mood.
Move over Beetoven when I'm open to Chopin,

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Friends Within The Darkness

I can remember starving in a
small room in a strange city
shades pulled down, listening to
classical music
I was young I was so young it hurt like a knife
inside
because there was no alternative except to hide as long
as possible--
not in self-pity but with dismay at my limited chance:
trying to connect.

the old composers -- Mozart, Bach, Beethoven,
Brahms were the only ones who spoke to me and
they were dead.

finally, starved and beaten, I had to go into
the streets to be interviewed for low-paying and
monotonous
jobs
by strange men behind desks

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Johannes Brahms

If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon.

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Johannes Brahms

Study Bach. There you will find everything.

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Johannes Brahms

Everything that is human is subject to human vanity.

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Johannes Brahms

A symphony is no joke.

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