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Soeur Alma, dormez-vous?
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'Last December 13th, there appeared in the newspapers, the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary it has ever been my pleasure to read. It was that of a lady named Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel, who had, in her lifetime, managed to acquire as lovers, practically all of the top creative men in central Europe. Among these lovers (who were listed in the obituary, by the way, which is what made it so interesting), there were three whom she went so far as to marry: one of the leading composers of the day, Gustav Mahler, composer of Das Lied von der Erde, and other light classics; one of the leading architects, Walter Gropius, of the Bauhaus school of design; and one of the leading writers, Franz Werfel, author of The Song of Bernadette and other masterpieces. It’s people like that who make you realise how little you’ve accomplished. It is a sobering thought, for example, that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.

'It seemed to me on reading this obituary, that the story of Alma was the stuff of which ballads should be made, so here is one.'

from notes by Tom Lehrer ©


Lehrer: The Queen's Six murder the songs of Tom Lehrer
Studio Master: SIGCD689Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 10 on SIGCD689 [4'19] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD689 track 10

Recording date
6 February 2021
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell & Katie Earl
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  1. Lehrer: The Queen's Six murder the songs of Tom Lehrer (SIGCD689)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: August 2021
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