Wednesday, June 1, 2011

M.A. Numminen sings Wittgenstein

In the 1980s, Finnish artist Mauri Antero Numminen set to music excerpts from Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. My favorite: “Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen.” [Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.]

M.A. Numminen sings Wittgenstein (UbuWeb Sound)

[Translation by C.K. Ogden.]

comments: 3

Anonymous said...

Frightening and boring at the very same time. But then "art" and "fart" only one letter apart.

Michael Leddy said...

As are comic and cosmic, as Vladimir Nabokov observed.

I found these settings odd and sometimes funny. To each her or his own. (And by the way, I love Wittgenstein.)

Anonymous said...

I just had a chat with Wittgenstein in another universe, and he said he loves you too.

Or was it three?