I Love You…three simple words yet so powerful and complex. Written in 1996 and premiered in 2000 by The New York Fesitval of Song, John Corigliano’s delightful piece, Liebeslied, captures the nuances these words evoke. Set for vocal quartet and piano 4-hand, Liebeslied is utterly charming.
Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52, written in 1869, were originally intended as pieces of Hausmusik. These charming waltzes reflect Brahms’ admiration of both Johann Strauss and Franz Schubert. While infused with Strauss’ compelling dance rhythms and Schubertian piano accompaniment, Brahms avoids the popular use of literal repetition and employs more sophisticated variation compositional techniques. This is evident in the interplay between the piano 4-hand part and the vocal lines throughout the work. The Liebeslieder text is Daumer’s translation of Eastern European folk poetry. There is a theory that Brahms composed the Liebeslieder out of his affection for Clara and Robert Schumann’s much younger daughter, Julie. Upon her marriage to another man, Brahms composed his famous Alto Rhapsody as an ode to his unrequited love.
Commissioned by the Aldeburgh Connection for their twentieth anniversary in 2002, John Greer’s Liebesleid-Lieder are a contemporary companion for the earlierLiebeslieder. Setting texts by Dorothy Parker and others, Greer’s pieces have a decidedly different view of love and romance than the earlier Brahms waltzes. Each of Greer’s Lieder exemplifies a different dance style as well, encompassing everything from waltz to Charleston to gavotte…a musical Dancing with the Stars.
Written for vocal quartet and piano 5-hand, the Liebeslieder Polkas are the first instance of PDQ Bach (mis)using texts by well known poets. Unlike other composers, PDQ did not feel compelled to use complete nor even pristine texts…freely rewriting to suit his own artistic needs. And, as everybody knows, no piece of serious music is complete without a cowbell.
The Lyceum, Saturday October 26, 8:00 p.m.
201 South Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
$25 adults, $18 students/seniors
Piano: Virginia Sircy & Alex Tang
Soprano: Melissa Coombs
Mezzo: Shelley Waite
Tenor: Terrance Johns
Baritone: William Heim
We are delighted to announce a partnership with Geranio Restaurant for a romantic dinner and concert special package. Make plans to bring your loved one out for a prix fix special seating at Geranio, and then walk just a block to attend our concert at The Lyceum in Alexandria. What better way to enjoy the romance of the Fall season?
Words&Music dinner special: $35 Four Course Pre-concert dinner 26 October only. Seating at 5:30. Reservations required. Be sure to mention the Pre-concert dinner special.
Troy Clayton Chef\Owner
722 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Rest. 703.548.0088 www.geranio.net