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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
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
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
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
Schöne Wiege meiner Lieden
Warte, warte wilder Schiffmann
Berg’ und Burgen shaun hernunter
Anfangs wollt ich fast verzagen
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