Arts

 
Composers and Their Poets: Loewe

For the singing German 19th century, we tend to focus these days on Schubert and Schumann. But there were many many other lied composers and for an example we can look at Carl Loewe (1796-1869).

by Maureen Buja | March 24th, 2017
 
Composers and Their Poets: Hahn

The composer Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) was active in many different aspects of French musical life: he was a singer and a director, a conductor and a critic, and last, but not least, a composer and an artist. He entered the [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 17th, 2017
 
Edvard Munch — Henrik Ibsen — Edvard Grieg

A recent exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia ‘Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life’ brought together works of the two painters, the Abstract Expressionist Jasper Johns (1930-) and the Norwegian [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | March 12th, 2017
 
Pioneers of the Japanese Art Song Hakushū Kitahara and Kosaku Yamada

Hakushū Kitahara (1885-1942) is widely regarded as one of the most popular and important poets in modern Japanese literature. Active during the Taishō and Shōwa periods, and founder of his own literary group that included painters, musicians and actors, he [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 10th, 2017
 
Composers and Their Poets: Gerald Finzi

We generally don’t think of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) as a source for song texts but rather as the man for tales of the realism and drama of the Victorian English countryside. Yet, when the 20th century hit, nearly all Hardy [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | March 3rd, 2017
 
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