Goethe-in-Song

  • Musical Performance

About the Program: It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) to the development of the German art song. This program—part lecture, part performance—is intended to explore intersections of Goethe’s poetry with the musical culture of the nineteenth century, directly juxtaposing highly individual responses to Goethe’s language evinced in settings by eight composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Fanny Hensel (1805-1847), Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), and Hugo Wolf (1860-1903). The distinguished Germanist, Nicholas Rennie, of Rutgers University, will elucidate the poetry and establish a literary context for the engagement of these musicians with Goethe’s enduring legacy. The songs will be performed by Duke faculty Sandra Cotton (mezzo-soprano) and Ingeborg Walther (piano).

Duke Faculty Artists/Collaborators

Cited Artists/Collaborators

  • Ingeborg C. Walther; Nicolas Rennie; Sandra Cotton

Creation Date

  • February 2011