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Composers and Their Poets: Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz ((1803-1869) is known for his monumental orchestral works, for his utter command of orchestration, and for his gothic horror in the Symphonie fantastique. We often forget, however, that he was also known for his songs. In a rare [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 24th, 2017
 
Composers and their Poets: Schoenberg III

If Gurre-Lieder was a cantata and The Book of the Hanging Gardens a song cycle, then we must separate out one more large cycle for examination. It’s not song as we might recognize it from Schubert and Schumann, but rather [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 17th, 2017
 
Composers and their Poets: Schoenberg II

The two big song cycles the Gurre-Lieder and the Book of the Hanging Gardens are actually even larger than normal. Gurre-Lieder is actually a cantata. The title means “Songs of Gurre,” referring to Gurre Castle in Denmark and the songs [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 10th, 2017
 
Composers and their Poets: Schoenberg I

We don’t generally think of Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) as a song composer but he wrote them from his earliest days as a composer in the early 1890s until the early 1930s. The poets that he set were some of the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | February 3rd, 2017
 
Composers and Their Poets: Debussy II

In his delicately titled, Ariettes oubliées (Forgotten Little Songs), Claude Debussy (1862-1918) took the poetry of Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) and created a song cycle to match the stylistic subtleties of his poems. Debussy met the older poet via his mother-in-law. [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 27th, 2017
 
Composers and Their Poets: Debussy I

We associate the sound of Debussy with his ‘impressionist’ music of works such as Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune or his piano music. In some of his most important songs, however, we have more of a Germanic influence, i.e., Wagner.

by Maureen Buja | January 20th, 2017
 
Picabia and Dada: Painting and Music

« Notre tête est ronde pour permettre à la pensée de changer de direction » (Our head is round to allow thoughts to change direction) – Francis Picabia A current exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | January 15th, 2017
 
Composers and their Poets: Amy Beach

American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944) was both a composer and an accomplished pianist with an extensive international career. She wrote about 117 art songs, some of which she also wrote the words. She wrote in a very European idiom and [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 13th, 2017