Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Telemann's wisdom

The greatest pasttime one can life
Is pleasure that alone music can give
Everything else that we percieve as good
Excellent wines or most delicious food
Sleigh rides or games
Or hunting or the dames
Cause in the end
Especially if overdone
If not annoyance, damage, or else pain,
At least adversity shall certainly remain

Music alone knows nothing but God´s grace
The start will be so easy
The middle will sure please ye
And in the end your mind is full of peace.

G. Ph. Telemann, 1722

Allegro from the Trio Sonata in D minor