« Einstein on the Beach » is an opera in four acts written by Philip Glass in 1976 and directed by Robert Wilson. The entire book consists of short texts which do not form any particular story. The opera consists of nine scenes about twenty minutes separated by Knee Play. For Philip Glass, a Knee Play is an interlude between two acts, and somehow, it looks like the knee of the human anatomy. They also act as intermissions during which the scene can be rearranged to the following set. I has a passion for the fifth Knee Play: 2 Lovers. It is a beauty that I do not get tired. I can listen again and again!
Here is the text recited:
Two lovers sat on a park bench with their bodies touching each other, holding hands in the moonlight.
There was silence between them. So profound was their love for each other, they needed no words to express it. And so they sat in silence, on a park bench, with their bodies touching, holding hands in the moonlight.
Finally she spoke. « Do you love me, John ? » she asked. « You know I love you. darling, » he replied. « I love you more than tongue can tell. You are the light of my life. my sun. moon and stars. You are my everything. Without you I have no reason for being. »
Again there was silence as the two lovers sat on a park bench, their bodies touching, holding hands in the moonlight. Once more she spoke. « How much do you love me, John ? » she asked. He answered : « How’ much do I love you ? Count the stars in the sky. Measure the waters of the oceans with a teaspoon. Number the grains of sand on the sea shore. Impossible, you say.