La Scena Musicale

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Next Great Art Song - David Xenakis's Favourite Art Song

Here is our next submission, a thoughtful response by David Xenakis. Submit your choices on our website!

Among Brahms' many songs, this one strikes me as unusually persuasive in the way the accompaniment matches the words. There are dark, rich colorations as the young lovers walk through the darkness, unusual changes in meter to match the words and the change in mood from the young man to the declamation of the young woman, and subtle opportunities for a very good, very accomplished singer to demonstrate the power of the middle and lower ranges. The accompaniment is challenging to perform, and the song demands almost Wagnerian stamina from the singer. This is a great treasure of a song, and probably the most popular of Brahms’ lieder.

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