An attempt to capture what attracts us to fleetingness through the eyes of composers from different periods

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

— Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)


Fleeting Sounds

Cloches à travers les feuilles (Bells through the leaves), from Images, 2e série, Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir (The sounds and fragrances swirl through the evening air), from Préludes,1er livre, Claude Debussy                                                                                     

I. Floating, from Six Ings, Henry Cowell (1897-1965)

III. Fleeting, from Six Ings, Henry Cowell

Fleeting Landscapes

I. Des Abends (Evening), from Fantasiestücke, op. 12, Robert Schumann (1810-1856) 

I. Andante, from V mlhách (In the mists), Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) 

Brouillards (Fog), from Préludes, 2e livre, Claude Debussy

Feuilles mortes (Dead leaves), from Préludes, 2e livre, Claude Debussy


Fleeting Visions

Select movements, from Visions Fugitives, op. 22, Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

XI. Dream Images (Love-Death Music) (Gemini), from Makrokosmos Volume I: Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano, George Crumb (b. 1929)

Fleeting Moments

Volkslied (Folksong),  Clara Schumann (1819-1896)

VII. Die Lotosblume (The Lotus Flower), from Myrthen, Op. 25, Robert Schumann

III. Langsam getragen (ursprüngliche Fassung), from Fantasie in C Major, op. 17

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