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I came here as a stranger, I depart a stranger... - A Winter’s Journey (Die Winterreise)
Enrich the experience of listening to the music of Schubert through a deeper understanding of his life and times, his revolutionary approach to music composition and the poetry he illuminates.
Guided by renowned baritone Thomas Hampson as well as acclaimed musicologist Dr. Susan Youens, this duo of lectures will explore why composer Franz Schubert remains essential to classical singers and audiences today through listening to and, in a literary and humanities context, analyzing some of his most beloved songs. The focus will be on appreciating Schubert’s life and genius as well as his uniqueness as a composer, “listening to” that moment when the Enlightenment tipped into Romanticism in early 19th-century Vienna.
Each lecture will dive into the inner workings of three of his most beloved songs, including selections from Die Winterreise.
Class meets Thursday, May 6 and 20
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Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. He enjoys a singular international career as an opera singer, recording artist and ambassador of song, maintaining an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. Comprising more than 150 albums, his discography includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. Through the Hampsong Foundation which he founded in 2003 he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.
Schubert’s Lieder: An Introduction with Thomas Hampson and Susan Youens
The musicologist Susan Youens is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on German song, and the music of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. She is one of very few people in the United States who have won four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.