Performance of Schubert’s Die Winterreise slated for Saturday, September 15
LACEY, WASHINGTON — St. Martin’s musicians, tenor, Br. Aelred Woodard, O.S.B. and pianist,
Art Peterson will present Schubert’s great song cycle: Die Winterreise on Saturday, September
15 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Martin’s Abbey Church, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The recital is free and open
to the public. The program was presented in Corvallis, Ore., last April and will be given again
in Portland in November of this year.
Winterreise, which will be sung in an English translation by the baritone Jeffery Benton, is
the second of Schubert’s two great song cycles (the earlier is Die schone Mullerin) based on the
poetry of Schubert’s contemporary, Wihelm Muller. Both cycles were originally written for tenor.
The cycles are absolute fundamentals of the German Lied and have strongly influenced not only
the style but also the vocal method and technique in German classical music as a whole.
Winterreise has had a marked influence on several key works, including Gustav Mahler’s Lieder
eines fahrenden Gesellen and Benjamin Britten’s Night-piece.
Schubert’s last task in life was the correction of the proofs of the last half of Winterreise,
the story of a spurned lover exiled in the midst of winter.
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