Selections of Schumann

2010-08-26 00:00

FEDERICO Freschi, well known for his performances of popular song and musicals, has turned his hand to one of Schumann’s most outstanding compositions for voice — his song cycle Dichterliebe.

A collection of short songs, or art songs, around a common theme, the song, or German lied, is one of the most unique and idiomatic art forms of 19th-century music.

Pietermaritzburg pianist Christopher Duigan and Freschi will perform this masterpiece along with a selection of Schumann’s other songs at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street (Commercial), Pietermaritzburg, on Sunday at 3 pm. Joining them on stage is young Durban-based musician Magrit Deppe (oboe).

Also on the programme are Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, his Romances for Oboe and Piano and music by Clara Wieck, the inspiration for much of Schumann’s early music, who later became his wife.

The free concert is hosted by the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag). Donations will be collected. Booking is preferred at 033 342 3051. Secure parking is available in the Tatham grounds.

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