Frederick, I'm still in the process of reading your long & engrossing poem,
an original verse narrative, (apocalyptic pastoral?), but a first looking
over has produced this:
<The Schwarzkopf/Böhm Lied von der Erde>
This is impossible: S. had a soprano, not an alto voice & could never have
negotiated the low tessitura. Böhm certainly never recorded _Das Lied_;
though I'm not prepared to swear he never conducted it I find it unlikely.
He avoided Mahler to my knowledge, perhaps to do with guilt over his Nazi
party membership, conscious or unconscious, if not with anti-Jewish feeling.
Is this a sign that the whole poem takes place in some alternative universe?