Das klagende Lied is a three movement cantata, in which two brothers set out to find a flower that we'll allow one of them to marry a princess. The kind brother finds it, upon which the evil one goes all OJ on him to steal the flower and the promised bride. Part II sees a minstrel finding one of the slain brother's bones, and making a flute of it, which sings the tale of part I. Oh sorrow, woe! Oh, sorrow! indeed. The musician rushes to the princess' castle in part III, whereupon the remaining brother plays with the fateful flute, and brings upon more sorrow and more woe.

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