Song for alto and guitar based on 3 short satirical poems by Reiner Kunze as translated by Ewald Osers.
The End of Art
“You mustn’t” said the owl to the mountain cock
“You mustn’t sing of the sun – the sun’s not important!”
The mountain cock struck the song from its poem.
“You’re an artist!” said the owl to the mountain cock.
And there was darkness all round.
“Bad”, she said “was the moment of undressing.”
Then, exposed to their gaze, she discovered ev’rything
There was also one
who wrote it all down
words for word
verse for verse
wrote it down
In the morning
the papers kept silent
In the evening
the screen showed serried ranks.