From Friday 13th October, the Oxford Lieder Festival will be celebrating the songs of fin-de-siècle Vienna, focusing on the songs of Gustav Mahler. As the festival description puts it:
‘During this edition of the Oxford Lieder Festival, Mahler’s complete songs with piano will be heard, inviting a fresh look at this ‘symphonic’ composer and the enduring place of song in the musical landscape. His choices of texts, wider artistic influences from literature to art to nature and folk music, his Jewish background in a conservative Catholic city, his encounter with Sigmund Freud, his encouragement of fellow composers and more will all be explored in this packed fortnight’.
Senior members of the Music Faculty will be taking part in the Study Day ‘Mahler: Reader, Thinker, Composer’ on Sunday 22nd October in our very own Weston Library. Contributions from Faculty members range from Anna Stoll Knecht talking about Mahler and the military, through Peter Franklin addressing songs in Mahler’s operas, to Laura Tunbridge’s thoughts on the scale of Mahler’s songs. The Faculty is especially thrilled that the Festival have provided free entry to this event for our students.
The Festival’s website displays the treasure trove of artistic talent moving into town over the next couple of weeks, including Faculty alumnus Roderick Williams singing Schubert’s Schöne Müllerin.