HISTORY OF MUSIC – a poem by Luis Hernández, translated by Maggie Messerschmidt

Luchito Hernández by Jaime Domenack
Luchito Hernández by Jaime Domenack

HISTORY OF MUSIC

There are composers without hair:
Prokofieff, Schömberg, Hindemith
There are composers with hair:
Grieg, Liszt, Lennon.
For others it is unknown
Since they used wigs
Bach, Häendel, Lully.
But the terrible thing
Is the nordic enigma:
Sibelius,
That in some records
Has long hair
And in others
Only a smile.

HISTORIA DE LA MÚSICA

Hay compositores sin pelo:
Prokofieff, Schömberg, Hindemith
Hay compositores con pelo:
Grieg, Liszt, Lennon.
De otros no se sabe
Pues usaban su peluca
Bach, Häendel, Lully.
Pero lo terrible
Es el enigma nórdico:
Sibelius,
Que en algunos discos
Tiene el cabello largo
Y en otros
Tan sólo una sonrisa.

From ASYMMETRIES, Anthology of Peruvian Poetry (Cardboard House Press, 2014).

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