At a Glance
On this evening’s program, we traverse
the 19th and 20th centuries, alternating between German and American repertoires
with a set devoted to early 20th-century Swedish songs.
The composition of lieder was Robert Schumann’s principal occupation in 1840,
his “year of song.” Liederkreis, Op.
24, is the composer’s first cycle on texts by Heinrich Heine, one of his
favorite poets. In the set that follows, we hear songs by Ture Rangström, one
of the last heirs of the Swedish Romantic tradition.
Dreams of several kinds waft through a selection of tender songs by a trio of American
composers: a morning serenade to the beloved, a serenade to being in love and
in Paris, and a lullaby for a child.
German composer Hanns Eisler endured much in his lifetime: exile from Nazi
Germany, deportation after being condemned by the House Un-American Activities
Committee, and disappointed idealism in Communist East Germany. Near the end of
his life, he wrote Ernste Gesänge on
themes of resignation and remembrance.
The program ends with four songs by Samuel Barber on texts by poets who include
Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Butler Yeats.