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Anxiety (1974)

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From the Diary of Virginia Woolf


Why is life so tragic; why, why, why, why -
so like a little strip of pavement over an abyss.
I feel down; I feel giddy; why, why, why, why -
I wonder how I am ever to walk to the end.
But why do I feel this: Now that I say it I don’t feel it.
Now that I say it I don't feel it.
The fire burns; we are going to hear the Beggar’s Opera.
Only it lies all about me; why, why, why, why -
I can’t keep my eyes shut... why, why, why, why -
And with it all how happy I am — if it weren’t for my feeling
that it’s a strip of pavement over an abyss.
Why, why, why.

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Dominick Argento (1927 – 2019) was an American composer known for his lyric operatic and choral music. Among his best known pieces are the operas Postcard from Morocco, Miss Havisham's Fire, The Masque of Angels, and The Aspern Papers.

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