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MUSIC Bach cantata BWV 82 – “Ich habe genung”


Maira Kalman ~ Ich Habe genung
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Bach cantata BWV 82 – “Ich habe genung”

I have this Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau on cassette. It’s nice to be able to link to another version to make it a bit easier to play!  If you are still on dinky little speakers on your PC, go out and buy the most expensive HiFi speakers you can afford – three with a good base box is good: better still a 4-speaker system – and really get the full benefit of online music.


Re-listening to music seems to have its cycles like re-watching films.  Do our emotions run in looping underground currents without us knowing they are about to bubble to the surface? It can’t just be triggered a new event or some remembrance of an old one. Why do our favourites pop into consciousness at such regular intervals, as if without any observable prompting?

Even if it is happenstance, how nice to come across a favourite at just the right moment, and derive optimal plasure. And often more understanding of some music you thought you had the full measure of.

Though the words of Ich habe genung were not familar to me ( I usually re-check what the phrase means each time I re-listen, here is a translation: Cantata for the purification of Mary.

There is a mention in one place of Ich habe genung translating as “it is enough”.

If you don’t know German you can still make your own meaning from the emotional response to the sounds. I’m slightly disappointed the words don’t quite mean what I hoped they would.

With the aid of Babelfish translator it is possible to play with it  a bit.  Ist est genung? Est is genung.

Ich habe genug,

Sie habe genug,

Wir habe genug.

I have enough,
you have enough,
we have enough.

Ist es überhaupt genug?

Is it ever enough?

Wann ist genügend genug?

When is enough enough?

Ich kann genug nicht erhalten.

I can’ get enough.

Ich kann keine Zufriedenheit nicht erhalten.

I can’t get no…satisfaction.

Genug bereits! Genung. Bereits!

Enough already! Enough. Already?


Post development: Bach, translation, playing with the shape of words in a foreign language you don’t understand, the serependipituous discovery of a great cartoonist. Because the cartoonist begins, it might seem otherwise.


There is a cornucopia of similar song-stuff from this point in Youtube.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | Bach cantatas, Ich habe genung, Music | , , , , | Leave a comment

Concentrating on Kieslowski: some more links

Some of these are probably linked to already in other posts. A duplicate link does no harm in a fascinating subject!

For Sinners and Cinephiles, Kieslowski’s Ten 60-Minute Films

Krzysztof Kieslowski Doug Cummings in senses of cinema

several of the links at the bottom of this page are dead.

Conversation on Kieslowski with Annette Insdorf

Columbia University Record 12 Nov. 1999


A Short Film about Love – Krzysztof Kieslowski

A film student essay 1991.  Author: not sure.

Requiem for Kieslowski David Winner  1999 includes Zbigniew Preisner and Krzysztof Wierzbicki on Kieslowski.

Some of KK’s own thoughts on film. These, though brief, explain a lot. The nub of kieslwski is here in a few simple, intelligible words.

KW pops up in the audience Lodz amateur film competition in Camera Buff to ask a question of director Krzyszstof Zanussi who is on the panel. It is not clear if WW is playing himself or a character in the movie…

December 18, 2008 Posted by | film analysis, film directors, film theory, film [its techniques] | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MUSIC The Life And Music of Astor Piazzolla

Tango Maestro: The life and Music of Astor Piazzolla

A BBC TV programme in YouTube parts

March 19, 2008 Posted by | Music, Piazzola, Tango | , , | Leave a comment

Sacks: Musicophilia

A peregrinatio through Oliver sack’s new book Musicophilia, by Johan Lehrer in Seed Magazine which also has an article The Evolution of Language: What songbirds, dancing, and knot-tying can tell us about why we speak.

The Sacks looks to be interesting in its dealing with empathy, which is a pet topic of mine.

The reviewer writes that Sacks was not always as empathetic as he was now, citing his friend Thom Gunn’s response to journals Sacks kept and sent to him while hacking around America as a young man. I was of the belief that empathy was born not made. Though this is obviously a simplistic notion based on a too superficial observation of people I have know over time, who seemed, over time, to stay pretty firmly in the positions in the 1 to 10 scale of empathy I assign them to (with their full knowledge of course!).

The last chapter apparently deals with Clive Wearing – the man with the 7 second memory as he has become called – the English musician and musicologist who was struck by a severe brain infection that meant he could only exist in the present. There have been many online pieces on him.

November 20, 2007 Posted by | Music | , , , | Leave a comment