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
Seeing the Inner Person: The Art of Carl Köhler

Swedish artist Carl Köhler (1919-2006) has left a body of art in the neo-modernist style that was virtually ignored at the time of his death. His son, Henry, has taken up his father’s legacy and over the past decade has [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 8th, 2017
Composers and Their Poets: Wolf III

In his great spate of lieder writing, the last great collection Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) took on was the Italienisches Liederbuch, translated by Heyse and Geibel, the same translators of the Spanisches Liederbuch. This collection of poetry is translations into German [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | January 6th, 2017
Composers and Their Poets: Wolf II

Wolf took up the poetry of Goethe and in his Goethe-Lieder collection, set 51 poems. They came from a variety of poetic sources, including the influential Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre (1795-96) and the wonderfully named West-östlicher Diwan (1819), as well as [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 30th, 2016