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Quotation by Benjamin Britten
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness & of pain: of strength & freedom. The beauty of disappointment & never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, & everlasting beauty of monotony.
Benjamin Britten (1913–1976), British composer. Letter, June 29, 1937. "A Working Life," vol. 1, Letters from a Life: Letters and Diaries of Benjamin Britten (1991).
Britten wrote this while listening to the "Abschied"Mthe finale of Mahler's song cycle Das Lied von der Erde.
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