Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kraut und Rüben haben mich vertrieben

That is: "Cabbages and beets drove me away." It's  text for Bach's Goldberg Variation #30 (Quodlibet).

Here's a stripped-down sample.  Here's the full text:
Kraut und Rüben haben mich vertrieben
Hätt' meine Mutter Fleisch gekocht
Wär' ich länger g'blieben.
Here's a recipe for braised beets and red cabbage

1 comment:

Taxmom said...

Wow. About 20 years ago a German pop group (Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung) had a hit song that went something like: ...

Vergammelte Speisen
zu ueberhoehten Preisen
sind zurueckzuweisen (yeh, yeh)

Which translates loosely (I have not googled it) as: "overpriced food that has gone bad is to be rejected."

Who knew there was a classical precedent. Even the scansion echoes Bach.