About pain.

Strauss: ‘Zueignung’ by Jessye Norman:

Pain is an unseen and powerful hand
that breaks the skin of the stone
in order to extract the pulp.

Kahlil Gibran

Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri ‘Jetzt sank des Abends gold’ner Schein’:

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing
makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell.
As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

R.M. Rilke

Mozart Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor III. Presto by Dinu Lipatti:

Mit und Gegen, Kandinsky