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College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) | Music

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October 6, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Old Main SMRH | Map
480 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Baritone and new Voice faculty member, Jonathan Lasch, will present a lecture recital on Franz Schubert's song cycle, Schwanengesang.  With the assistance of Detroit Symphony pianist and Wayne State Professor, Robert Conway, they will perform eight of the fourteen songs and present a wonderful sampling of the celebrated work.

Franz Schubert’s composing career lasted less than twenty years, yet he composed 600 songs. At the tender age of 17 Schubert composed one of the most famous songs ever written, 'Gretchen am Spinnrade'. The composer’s vast body of songs was not only impressive due to it’s quantity, but it’s consistent quality and beauty were soon recognized by other great composers and attributed for bringing significance back to the art of song. 

Schwanengesang was the third and final major song cycle composed by Franz Schubert.  The work was published posthumously, just a few months after the composer's death.  While it was originally advertised as a 'Song Cycle' by the publisher, because of the success of the first two (Die schone Mullerin and Winterreise) Schwanengesang is not a classic song cycle, in that it does not tell a single narrative and uses texts from three different poets, as opposed to one.  The composer wrote thirteen of the fourteen songs in one sitting, on consecutive pieces of manuscript paper.

Shaver Music Recital Hall

For more information about this event, please contact Leah Celebi at 313-577-1783 or