12 May 2021

Music Talk: The Art Song

Dr Paul Smith, Senior Lecturer of Music, University of New England

The Art Song explores the development of art song culture across the 19th and 20th centuries. Art songs exist in a unique position within the medium of vocal music as they cross over at different times with folk song traditions and operatic conventions while also carving out their own techniques of common practice. Different countries in Europe have parallel traditions of art song such as the French mélodie and the German lied which will be compared.

While art songs are considered a predominantly historical form, aspects of art song culture have also morphed into contemporary song forms, especially connections to the idea of ‘confession’.

The talk will also examine some recent research that has revealed hidden communities of women song writers in Germany who, although not canonised, were highly prolific professional composers during the romantic period.

The Art Song music talk is associated with Blush Opera’s Fantasy Song & Arias performance at The Joan on Saturday 29 May at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 12 May 11am

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