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Lebendig Begraben

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Oskar McCarthy collaborates with pianist Rob Keeley to perform Schoeck's song cycle about a man who is buried alive. In 1927 Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck adapted the poetry of his fellow countryman Gottfried Keller to produce the song cycle "Lebendig Begraben" which tells the story of a man who awakes to find he has mistakenly been buried. Firstly he panics and hopes that his girlfriend or a friendly grave robber will come to his rescue; then he begins to reminisce in his coffin about his childhood, youth and first love, until finally he casts his soul into eternity in an acceptance of his fate.

Presented at Brompton Cemetery, as part of the 2015 London Month of the Dead.