The Art-Song Workshop
Whether on the concert stage or in parlor music-making, the voice and the piano are arguably the closest allies and collaborators. Think of the glorious songs by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wolf, Faure, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Mahler, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich…
Some of today’s and yesterday’s greatest pianists are/were astounding collaborators to singers – Barenboim, Brendel, Horowitz (listen to his live recording with Fischer-Dieskau of the Schumann Dichterliebe), Uchida, Schiff, not to speak of the incomparable Gerald Moore.
Most significantly, the singers’ handling of a musical line, their breathing and articulation constitute an ideal for every pianist to seek.
Art-song builds upon an intimate inter-relationship between the music and the words. Both performers – the singer and the pianist – communicate meanings and feelings expressed within this relationship. Both need to understand the music and the text. Thus, while preparing a song, the pianist should study not only the instrumental part, but also the singer's part and the poem. Students participating in the art-song workshop are expected to be well-heeded in these different aspects of the song: poems translated and understood, piano parts mastered, and vocal material learnt. Such preparation will enable a fascinating and enjoyable work, with resident singers, on collaborative interpretation of a great repertoire.
Master-classes students interested in taking part in the Workshop are requested to indicate so in the Application Form. They will be contacted by the office about the repertoire.