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AU121 Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann: Which Wrote What?

  • 01 Oct 2020
  • Coming in October
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  • WICE Members & Their Guests
    Friday 12 June 2020

Stay tuned as this event will be coming in October.

Anyone who conducts an internet search pairing the names of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Robert Schumann (1810-1856) will find that identifying musical differences between the two is an ongoing puzzlement. Rejoicing in the improvement of the piano’s expressive possibilities thanks to the technical progress made in its construction during the first half of the 18th century, they two were among a number of composers who wrote many works for that instrument, and partly because of having similar last names, short life spans and favoring similar musical forms – especially lieder (also called art songs) – they are often mistaken for one another. Careful listening, however, allows us to make a distinction between Schubert’s somewhat Classical orientation and the more Romantic style embraced by Schumann who started comdposing only two years after Schubert’s death and was influenced by him. In this class, through listening to a selection of their sublime melodies and exploring those differences, we will henceforth be better able to distinguish between the works of these two geniuses.

About the Instructor: As an American harpist, Lauren Woidela has travelled to three continents performing solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. As an instructor, she has given lectures for the musicology department of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music. She produced and hosted her own radio program for the former KXTR, Kansas City’s classical music radio station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view to classical music.

Photo Credit: Schu Schu

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