Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A Visual Dichterliebe

In order for the art song to survive in the coming years, the genre needs to find ways to re-imagine itself, to discover new ways of looking at the core repertoire. For one of his song recitals, Chad Smyser asked photographer Tasha Roth to take pictures that would encapsulate the meanings of the 16 songs in the cycle. Chad writes about Tasha's process:
She was able to capture a mood which settled between two worlds: nature and the urban environment. The photos conjured up a mythical place where the Black Forest meets Roosevelt Island. They added an evocative dimension to the performance of the cycle, letting the audience find a visual destination to reference during each of the musical miniatures.
Schumann's Dichterliebe: A Cycle in Photographs

Previously on the Collaborative Piano Blog:

Sparks and Wiry Cries Podcast Launches - Long Live Art Song on the Internet
10 Ways to Translate Song and Aria Texts into English
Erlk├Ânig Hacks for the Schubertian Pianist
The Top Ten Song Cycles
Trading Cards for Schubertians

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