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A Musical Haunt: 'Gravedigger's Homesickness'

A Musical Haunt: 'Gravedigger's Homesickness'

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A Musical Haunt: 'Gravedigger's Homesickness'

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For Halloween, Performance Today presents a haunting melody by Schubert called the "Gravedigger's Homesickness." Tenor Ian Bostridge is the gravedigger, lamenting the futility of life. He's envious of those he burys and sings, "Life is alas, so sultry. The grave, so peaceful, so cool! But who will lay me in it? I tarry at the edge, cross in hand, and stare down longingly into the deep grave."