Allen & Avery Faculty Recital Set for April 5

The UALR Department of Music presents Ferris Allen of UALR and Elizabeth Avery of the University of Oklahoma in faculty recital. The performance is at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 5 in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts building on the UALR campus. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Ferris Allen at fxallen@ualr.edu or 501.569.3294.

The program begins with a well-known, classic Beethoven song, “Adelaïde,” and then continues with the same composer’s An die ferne Geliebte (To the Distant Beloved), generally considered the first German song cycle.  The group is all the more remarkable because the song cycle is “through-composed,” which means in this case that every song flows musically into the next, with no pauses.  Other nineteenth-century composers who wrote song cycles, while often extremely conscious and thoughtful about how adjacent songs in a cycle musically “flow,” there were really no more through-composed cycles in the style of An die ferne Geliebte.  

Two other pieces on the program, Robert Schumann’s settings of the poetry of Heinrich Heine in Liederkreis, Op. 24, and Mahler’s settings of the poetry of Friedrich Rückert, are each also song collections.

“But they are a bit different than the Beethoven,” says Allen. “In the Schumann, we don’t have a story line, but rather an ordering of songs that Schumann uses to musically explore the poetry.  Mahler does this with Rückert, too.  But the Mahler lieder are different.  They were composed for voice and piano, but Mahler’s tonal language, his orchestral colors—they all lead to very different sonorities from the piano and what were, when they were written, songs in a very new and modern style.  In 2013, all of this might be labeled ‘classical music,’ but, really, each was extremely innovative and cutting-edge, even controversial, in its own time.”

 

Program:

Adelaïde, Op. 46                                                               Beethoven (1770–1827)

An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98

Auf dem Hügel sitz ich spähend

Wo die Berge so blau

Leichte Segler in den Höhen

Diese Wolke in den Höhen

Es kehret der Maien, es blühet die Au

Nimm sie hin, denn, diese Lieder

PAUSE

 

Fünf Rückertlieder                                                          Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)

Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder

Ich atmet’ einen Lindenduft

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

Libest du um Schönheit

Um Mitternacht

 

Liederkreis von Heinrich Heine, Op. 24                   Robert Schumann (1810–56)

Morgens steh’ ich auf und frage

Es treibt mich hin

Ich wandelte unter den Bäumen

Lieb’ Liebchen

Schöne Wiege meiner Lieden

Warte, warte wilder Schiffmann

Berg’ und Burgen shaun hernunter

Anfangs wollt ich fast verzagen

Mit Myrten und Rosen

 

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