Scare and lust and love and loneliness

A dark night, full moon, howling winds - stuff for Romantic composers! Charles Thibo
A dark night, full moon, howling winds – stuff for Romantic composers! Charles Thibo

The moment I am writing this, it is dark, the wind is howling, the rain battering the windows. Low clouds are flying by, and occasionally I get a glimpse of the full moon. And there I can see father and son riding through the storm and trying to escape… the Erlking!

Does the Erlking exist?

The Erlking is a supernatural being, ensnaring human beings to satisfy his desire, jealousy and lust for revenge. Evil!! And if you listen to Franz Schubert’s song “Der Erlkönig” (D.328), based on a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, you might be tempted to believe the “Erlkönig” really exists. Especially when “Der Erlkönig” is sung by the Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. The drama in her voice makes me shiver and I could listen to it over and over again. The proximity of lust and scare is of a strange fascination and has made the fortune of more than one movie director.

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