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Lotte Lehmann
(1888-1976) born on
Feb 27
German opera singer. She was a lyric-dramatic soprano renowned for her performances of the songs of Robert Schumann and the role of Leonore in Beethoven's opera "Fidelio."
The music is the shining path over which the poet travels to bring his song to the world.

Do not become paralyzed and enchained by the set patterns which have been woven of old. No, build from your own youthful feeling, your own groping thought and your own flowering perception . . .
For what mission can be greater than that of giving to the world hours of exaltation in which it may forget the misery of the present, the cares of everyday life and lose itself in the eternally pure world of harmony. . .
But to me the actual sound of the words is all important; I feel always that the words complete the music and must never be swallowed up in it.
You have always given me more than I gave to you. . . . You were the wings on which I soared.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Singing Actor," "Players at Work," ed. Morton Eustis, 1937.
R: Introduction, "More Than Singing," 1945.
A: Introduction, "More Than Singing," 1945.
N: "The Singing Actor," "Players at Work," ed. Morton Eustis, 1937.
K: To farewell concert audience; in "Life," 5 Mar 51

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