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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
 
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
 
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