Schubert??? A taste of what we are recording!
The piece of music that we want to record is Franz Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin. The work is a cycle of 20 songs. (about 60-70 minutes in length) The cycle tells the story of a young man who, while wandering though the countryside, finds a brook. The brook leads him to a mill where he meets a “beautiful mill-girl.” The young man falls in love with her and he expresses his love for her, though we never hear her return these feelings. As his love grows, he becomes more and more infatuated with her, overanalyzing everything that she does, convincing him that she loves him.
A hunter arrives and the girl begins to make eyes at him. The young man now begins to obsess over the hunter and everything he represents. This obsession spins the young man though a series of emotions ranging from bitterness and anger to dejection and resentment. He finally decides that she has no feelings for him. He laments over his lost love and in seeking peace from his misery, drowns himself in the same brook that once brought him to the girl.
Tim and I gave a public performance of the work on December 3, 1999 at the University of Maryland as a degree recital for his doctorate. I thought you might enjoy hearing an excerpt from that performance. Of course, revisiting the work now, a decade later is very exciting. We have 10 years of personal life experiences, artistic experiences, and musical maturity to bring to the work, and I hope that this “seasoning” will help us broaden our ideas in interpreting this great work! Enjoy.
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