Schubertiad

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 8:00pm
Philosophy Hall, Columbia University     map

Columbia University's Collegium Musicum presents its spring 2010 concert: Schubertiad.

Music Director, Michael Shaw

Program

  • 808 Gondelfahrer - Mayrhofer
  • 328 Erlkönig - Goethe
  • 771 Der Zwerg - Collin
  • 875 Mondenschein - Schober
  • 809 Gondelfahrer - Mayrhofer
  • 835 Bootgesang - Scott
  • 656 Sehnsucht - Goethe
  • 706 23. Psalm
  • 836 Coronach - Scott
  • 269b Das Leben ist ein Traum - Anonymous
  • 877 Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt - Goethe
  • 985 Gott im Ungewitter - Uz
  • 609 Lebenslust - Unger
  • 826 Der Tanz - Schnitzer
  • 267 Trinklied - Anonymous

Program Notes

During the Superbowl this year Hyundai introduced its new Sonata by mentioning two other famous Sonatas that preceded it: Mozart's Piano Sonata in F major, and Schubert's Piano Sonata in A major. Schubert and his music are alive popular consciousness today, clearly, as they have always been since Schubert's own lifetime. 

Though Lieder, part-songs—and Schubert too— have a long history of being associated with domesticity and private music-making, Schubert's music has always had a strong public presence as well. Schubert's life was one of social music making, from the family chamber music evenings of his youth to the social gatherings Schubert's admiringly called Schubertiads. Schubert's music was distributed amongst his friends and to the wider public through commercial publishing beginning in 1821 when Erlkönig appeared as his Op1. Schubert's impact on Viennese musical life was felt in the public arena as well: Schubert's music was performed by others in public and semi-public venues beginning in 1814; in the last few years of his life Schubert was the most-performed composer on the weekly concerts by the Wiener Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde.

Our concert tonight features Schubert's music that appeared in the various musical performance spaces in early nineteenth-century Vienna, music of the Schubertiaden, music of public performances, and music with no record of contemporaneous performance; music that was published, and music that was not published during Schubert's lifetime. 

We were joined by Geoffery Duce, who accompanied and played two pieces, the G-flat major Impromptu (the piece featured in Gattaca, performed by the 12-fingered virtuoso) and the Graz Fantasie, a work tenuously attributed to Schubert. 

Ensemble

Soprano
Kasia Borowiec
Hannah Clancy
Ortal Cohen
Emily Hamilton
Brigitte Reina-Ortiz
Ella Wagner

Alto
Stella Kim
Dilini Lankachandra
Veronica Mayer
Amber Youell

Tenor
Ian Elder
Chin Kim
Peter Robertson

Bass
Jerome Ellis
Bob Hanning
Coleman Moore
Kaveh Niazi
Michael Shaw

Piano
Geoffrey Duce