Ich bin der EU abhanden gekommen…

[Mahler, Rückert-Lieder. “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”, sung by Alice Coote with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, Amsterdam 2007. – clip with thanks to Tim Fletcher. — For the whole Rückert Lieder, try the very current version from last week, June 18th, from the Concertgebow, Alice Coote and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest under Marc Albrecht.]

I didn’t think it would end like this (the narrative of sticking together would be stronger, I thought, especially at this point in time). Right now, my FB feed is one outcry of disheartened and disappointed and spitting mad (as much as  Brits do ‘spitting mad’). Many British friends and former colleagues in singing and in the arts overall are aghast (as much as Brits do ‘aghast’), and their (international) careers may just have gotten a bit more difficult.
In addition, the fodder for the EU-wide right-wing faction with the supremacist rhetoric of “me first, let’s kick the losers, survival of the fittest” does not brighten my day.

What will make me feel better? Listening to a few favorite singers of British or Commonwealth origin whose work, shockingly enough, also happens and resounds internationally, and often on EU stages/podiums.

Now at this point, I wanted to tie in Sarah Connolly’s 2009 “Rule Britannia” from the 2009 Proms in the Nelson outfit, just to make the point that celebrating one’s nationhood does not necessarily exclude being part of other frameworks, too (and as we all know since “Mitridate” in May, Brussels is mainly a circus of enamoured princes and kings chasing after one elusive princess), but the comment sections are  — well.

Instead, I will reroot to teenage patterns, i.e. curl up with a Kiri te Kanawa recording and drink something non-alcoholic (coffee counts as non-alcoholic) and cross my fingers for the future.

[It seems all I am doing these days is revisting my former self, but then again, I don’t think I will ever fully be over this particular memory (right, towanda?). – Kiri Te Kanawa and Roger Vignoles, “Do not go, my love”, composed by Richard Hagemann (which, if remember correctly, is also featured on the “The Young Kiri” box set that I will eventually get out of storage and send to Agathe for our discussion on timbre). – Clip with thanks to Addiobelpassato]

PS: If in need of a chuckle, check out the list of possible EU exit nameslist of possible EU exit names for all EU member countries. From Ousterreich with love!

23 thoughts on “Ich bin der EU abhanden gekommen…

  1. Many thanks for planning to search your storage to discuss young Kiri’s timbre (although from own experience with storing boxes I don’t expect that to happen any time soon)! She does sound Soprano in timbre…but this was not what this blog is about, so I’ll stop myself here and enjoy S. Connolly as Nelson instead🙂 (and try todays outcome and the YT comments not to spoil this).

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  2. Anik, there are no words to describe how ashamed and appalled I am (and the other 49%) over this idiocy. I feel like I’ve been having a panic attack all day, and the future is very bleak indeed.

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    1. If just yesterday was any glimpse forward, it will be a bleak shadow to follow all of Europe for a long time (and it is just heartbreaking to see the despair among those who actually use their brains). In times where fear-mongering, hate speech and outright lies win elections (and preliminaries), this should never have been put up for popular vote. Cameron will take his leave with a sizely pension, the older voters may still have some access to that luxury, but everyone under 40 or not independently rich is basically screwed. And it’s been tough enough in the arts already these past few years in the UK – and that’s the UK, which is on top of the EU food chain. (and not on the overall struggle scale like Greece or Spain!)

      (I may have to update the “Stages” layout, because living/traveling between GB and EU won’t really match my plan any longer.)

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        1. That, and I have to switch some locations, or I will have to deal with issues when an EU work visa for a Canadian does not extend to the UK.

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  3. Speaking of the EU food chain, this image has become popular:

    Like age, education was strongly correlated with voting patterns. If Cameron had won this latest referendum, he would have destroyed in sequence the LibDems, Labor, and critics in his own party; as it is, he leaves the UK with no effective parties except Scottish Nationalists, and no policy but pride.

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    1. “no policy but pride” – yes, and what an ugly policy (and what an ugly kind of pride) it is, basically affirming racism. There are hastags on Twitter detailing xenophobic, racist remarks against against EU citizens in the UK (“Go home!” being the mildest), down to attacking UK citizens who do not look white and Western. If someone added an incident of broken in shop windows, I would, sadly, not be surprised. The veneer of civilization is so incredibly thin (and I shall be out here with my tiny pot of varnish and a brush).

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  4. The future looks very dark indeed… Frankly, the thought of how this upraises the growing xenophobia and division in the world terrifies me, especially when I consider how this will affect the other EU countries. Some of the Remain supporters are desperately trying to find some sort of loophole to say that the referendum isn’t binding, and I can only hope they succeed. Apparently even some Leave voters are regretting their choice, since many of the Leave promises (NHS funding, tightening up immigration) have turned out to be lies.

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    1. Yes, and most of all the unfortunate trend of winning elections not with facts, but lies — What produces such ignorance and cynicism? Lack of education coupled with erosion of human decency brought on by the fear to lose out in the ever-widening gap between rich and poor?

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      1. Yes, that’s definitely one of the most frightening things about this entire mess – one would expect people to avoid choosing the option which basically all the experts agree will lead to a bad outcome, but it seems not. Then again, perhaps that’s not too surprising considering how a lot of Leave supporters are anti-immigration, although research suggests that immigrants do not actually have a negative impact on the economy or citizens’ ability to get jobs – it all boils down to shifting fault, as many things do.

        On a happier note, the Coote and Te Kanawa clips were a joy to listen to – melancholic, but so very beautiful. Thanks for highlighting them, as always!

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      2. What you said. Exactly. Plus a continuing shift of primary experience from life to media, and the ever-increasing use of media to heighten and target that fear. Because media cannot test for truth, only contradict lies, the lies and truths compete as alternate stories, fear usually more compelling than reason.
        In the UK, it seems likely that the press were pushing for severance from the EU because the British press can control its country’s government, but not the EU’s.

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        1. I didn’t think about the media angle yet, but of course you are right. There is some horribly twisted enlightenment legacy in there to, some post-Rousseau-ian concept of linking authenticity as truth to emotionality, so that “but I feel this” equals factual status. Scary indeed.

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  5. Perfect music for this aching, frightening days, Anik. We have Trump coming to town this week, and I will be there raising my voice in protest. And then will come home an immerse myself in music like this. We ache, we mourn, we grieve, we fight, we remind ourselves there is beauty.

    I think the Marschallin’s Monologue (which I have been thinking about a lot) teaches us (among other things) that we are always in conversation with our former selves. In fact they are never really former, are they? So our first loves are still with us, will be part of us always. Especially those first loves that helped us know beauty and spoke to our heartache and made us feel known.

    Deep gratitude as always, Anik.

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    1. yes! Protest!! (although I do wonder in morbid fascination just how many lies this scumbag will be able to fit into a single speech.
      (also, yes to the just announced swooning on your blog, hot d*mn! – I just watched the trailer this morning!)

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      1. manymany lies. manymany. siiiiiiigh. He’s doing great harm and he hasn’t even been elected. What he’s unleashed is scary, and impacting people I love. I won’t stand for it.

        (and yeah, my post today, right??!! when not protesting, swooning! though it occurs to me that this kind of swooning is in fact a form of protest, a kind of resistance…)

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        1. It should be as normal as having breakfast, but when it comes to him? Then it’s definitely a form of resistance. And we will keep doing it!!

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