Tune of the Day: Lob der edlen Musika
The title of this German student song translates as “In praise of noble music”. The melody dates back to the 18th century.
A musician was walking along the Nile with viol and bow
When a crocodile burst out of the river below.
The beast showed his teeth, bristling in his jaw,
And moved to swallow him in his gaping maw.
The man put bow to viol, pale with fear,
Played swiftly, sweetly, as his courage did appear.
When the sprightly sounds reached the monster's ears
For joy he began to shed crocodile tears.