West-East Divan
musical interpretation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's collection of poems. 

What is hard to cover? Fire!

Flame, the monster, will betray

By night its presence, smoke by day.

Hard to hide is love's desire;

However hushed and close it lies,

Love will leap forth from the eyes.

Hardest is a song to hide;

Under bushel 'twill not bide;

Did the poet sing it new,

It has pierced him through and through;

If pranked with pen, his eye approve it,

He would have the whole world love it,

Aloud he reads it joyously

To all - to plague or edify

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West-Eastern Divan is a collection of poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe inspired by the poetry of the Persian poet Hafiz. This work inspired the musicians of the ensemble to initiate the project of the same name and to interpret Goethe's Divan musically. The program of the "West-Eastern Divans" includes works of Persian, Azerbaijani traditional music and pieces by German composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Centuries like Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz and Johann Walter.