The ESMUC Master's Degree in Lied visits us: Die Lotosblume

Song of the week: Die Lotosblume (R. Schumann) - H. Prey, L. Hokanson
Die Lotosblume

The cycle of songs "Myrthen" Op. 25 of Robert Schumann was composed in the prolific year of 1840, and with a very special motive: it was a wedding gift for his wife Clara Wieck with whom finally, after a problematic trial against Clara´s father who opposed her relationship, could get married that year.

The ESMUC Master's Degree in Lied visits us: Halt!

Song of the week: Halt! (F. Schubert) - P. Schreier, A. Schiff
Parham Mill, Gillingham - John Constable

The third Lied of the cycle Die schöne müllerin (“Halt!” - “Stop!”) is the entry point to the plot that the poet Wilhelm Müller puts forward, and that Franz Schubert illustrates with great mastery. The young miller, wanderer protagonist of the cycle introduced in the first Lied (“Das Wandern” - “Wandering”), arrives at a little stream in the second piece (“Wohin?” - “Where to?”) that will join him forever and that will be the co-protagonist of the cycle. This stream will take him to a mill where he enters to work to keep learning the craft and where he will meet the beautiful miller girl.

The ESMUC Master's Degree in Lied visits us: Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'

Song of the week: Wenn ich in deine Augen seh' (F. Schubert) - F. Wunderlich, H. Giesen
Heinrich Heine - Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

When the cycle of songs “Dichterliebe” (Poet's Love) by Robert Schumann begins, something tells us that this love will not end well. But why? What happened? Does the poet's beloved exist or do not exist? Did that lover leave him for another? She never loved him? These questions are answered subtly poem after poem. The story of this love is told by Heine in his Lyrische Intermezzo, in 65 poems, but Schumann chose only 16 (although he had composed 4 more than he later discarded to give it better continuity).

King David

Song of the week: King David (H. Howells) - S. Connolly, M. Martineau
King David - Marc Chagall

"I’d say it’s the greatest British Art Song ever written." Sarah Connolly said this about King David on Twitter and I jotted down the song in my notebook. Her words referred to her concert with Julius Drake at the Teatro de la Zarzuela some days before; Unfortunately, I missed that, but I had already heard about how wonderful it was and also, about the encore, King David. And this is how this song overtakes another one from the same composer, Herbert Howells, which I've kept for a long time waiting for its moment to come.

Ladies that sing songs for gentlemen

Song of the week: Die Wetterfahne (F. Schubert) - C. Ludwig, J. Levine
Neige à Argenteuil - Monet

We are in the middle of June and what we could call our "regular season" is about to finish; except for unforeseen events, July will belong to the students of the Master's Degree of Lied-ESMUC and, in August, I’ll focus on the Schubertíada, as I did in previous years. Once more, I have a few pending posts; Some of them will be moved to my next season's notebook (mental note: to buy the next season's notebook) and others will patiently wait to draw my attention again. But still two weeks to go, so let's get started with the first one. When I learned that Joyce DiDonato would sing Winterreise this summer in Vilabertran [...]

A cappella

Song of the week: Oly lágy az este (G. Kurtág) - A. Csengery
25 Grapes mini

We have no pianist this week. Neither orchestra nor guitar nor harp nor other accompaniment. When I edit the article I will add only three of the four usual tags: composer, poet and singer; the accompanist tag will remain empty because this week we will have voice a cappella. As you know, it's very unusual; art song is sung with accompaniment. I would say that solo voice has to do with the most contemporary song, that composed in the last decades.

Trends come and go

Song of the week: Lob der Tränen (F. Schubert) - M. Goerne, G. Johnson
Étude du ciel au coucher du soleil - Eugene Delacroix

Trends come and go, tastes change and it can be said about many different things: fashion, food or (alas!) Lied. A good example of a Lied that one day was really fashionable and today is almost unknown is Lob der Tränen [Praise of tears]. It is believed that Franz Schubert composed it during the first half of 1818 and it was published in 1822; It belongs, therefore, to his few works (approximately one hundred) that were published while he was still alive.

Tanta dolcezza

Song of the week: I' vidi in terra angelici costumi (F. Liszt) - C. Pohl, H. T. Krampen
Laura in der Kirche - Anselm Feuerbach

Tre sonetti di Petrarca by Franz Liszt were published in 1846, first the solo piano version and a few months later, the songs, which are believed to be composed first. Liszt might have composed them a few years before, during his relationship with Countess Marie d'Agoult, the kind of stories that used to be a scandal at the time. In 1835, the countess, thirty-two years old, married and with two children, left her husband for the pianist, eight years younger than her. They left Paris and, between 1835 and 1839, they lived in Switzerland and Italy, where their three children were born; Liszt spent the following five years [...]


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