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Mein Herz brennt
Das Lied von der Erde "The Song of the Earth" is a composition for two voices and orchestra written by the Austrian composer Gustav Mahler between and Described as a symphony when published, it comprises six songs for two singers who alternate movements. Mahler specified the two singers should be a tenor and an alto , or else a tenor and a baritone if an alto is not available. Mahler composed this work following the most painful period in his life, and the songs address themes such as those of living, parting and salvation. On the centenary of Mahler's birth, the composer and prominent Mahler conductor Leonard Bernstein described Das Lied von der Erde as Mahler's "greatest symphony". Three disasters befell Mahler during the summer of Political maneuvering and antisemitism forced him to resign as Director of the Vienna Court Opera , his eldest daughter Maria died from scarlet fever and diphtheria , and Mahler himself was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.
It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew in the Luther Bible to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. The original Latin title Passio Domini nostri J.
The song first appeared as the opening track to the band's third studio album, Mutter , and was used as the opening track for concerts during that era. It also appeared on the band's greatest hits album , Made in Germany — , being the only song on the album that, at the time of release, had not been released as a single or had a music video. The song was released as a single in to promote the then-upcoming video collection Videos — The song's lyrics involve a narrator describing the terrors of nightmares.
It was originally released in Germany on 10 September Since it was released the day before the September 11, attacks , many channels did not air the music video which was to debut on U. The music video of "Ich Will" features the band members staging a bank robbery, making it seem as realistic as possible. The video shows both the robbery and its aftermath, and moves between these two scenes.