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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
 
Composers and Their Poets: Wolf I

If Schumann had his song year of 1840, then Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) had his song year of 1888. He had been a song composer long before this, and, as were most song composers in the years between 1855 and 1880, [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 23rd, 2016
 
Composers and Their Poets: Schumann II

After his phenomenal art song year of 1840, Schumann did not abandon lied but was much less focused in his production. In 1849, he produced his Spanisches Liederspiel (Spanish Song Game) This is not a book of song for one [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 16th, 2016
 
Music and the Arts: Debussy’s Late Orchestral Works

“Je veux écrire mon songe musical…..” (I want to write my musical dream….) In three of my previous articles for Interlude (September 7, 2011, September 6, 2014 and December 13, 2015) I had concentrated on Debussy’s works related to the [...] more >>

by Ursula Rehn Wolfman | December 11th, 2016
 
Composers and their Poets: Schumann I

In the generation following Schubert, his new model for lieder writing influences many composers. Robert Schumann (1810-1856) took his models to heart and in doing so, produced some of the best music of the next generation of song composers.

by Maureen Buja | December 9th, 2016
 
Composers and their Poets: Beethoven II

Although he set the great poets such as Goethe, Beethoven set one poem by a German writer who was better known for his plays. In music, many of those plays were the basis for great operas: Wilhelm Tell became Rossini’s [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | December 2nd, 2016
 
Composers and their Poets: Beethoven I

When we think of Beethoven (1770-1827), we think of his orchestral music – great symphonies that brought a century-old genre forward. By the end, it wasn’t enough to have a large orchestra, he also had to have a chorus as [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | November 25th, 2016