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Robert and Clara at Home, with a visit from Johannes – November 9, 1987 | Grant Hall, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Songs and partsongs of Schumann and Brahms

date: November 9, 1987

The courtship and marriage of Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck are well-documented, and therefore familiar to the musical public.  What is less well-known is the story of the arrival of the young Johannes Brahms at the Schumann household in Düsseldorf at the crucial time just before the older composer’s suicide attempt.  Despite his youth, Brahms sustained Clara through her darkest days and helped her back to a resumption of her concert career.  She became like a second mother to him; her death in 1896 was followed only a few months later by his own.  Our concert followed the details of these relationships, with excerpts from their diaries and letters.  The selection of songs included a complete performance of Robert Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder.  This performance, of the concert first performed in Walter Hall in February 1986, was presented by Queen’s University.

Song Artist Composer Poet
So wahr die Sonne scheinet, Op.101/8 (Minnespiel) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Rückert, Friedrich
Er ist gekommen, Op.12/2 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Clara Rückert, Friedrich
Mit Myrthen und Rosen, Op.24/9 (Heine-Liederkreis) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Heine, Heinrich
Der Nussbaum, Op.25/3 (Myrthen) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Mosen, Julius
Ständchen, Op.36/2 Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Reinick, Robert
Unterm Fenster, Op.34/3 Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Burns, Robert, trans. Gerhard, Wilhelm
Mondnacht, Op.39/5 (Eichendorff-Liederkreis) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Schöne Fremde, Op.39/6 (Eichendorff-Liederkreis) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Geburtstagsmarsch, Op.85/1 (Zwölf vierhändige Klavierstücke für kleine und grosse Kinder) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Prelude (in Bolero tempo), Op.138/1 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Tief im Herzen trag’ ich Pein, Op.138/2 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Camõens, Luiz Vaz de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
O wie lieblich ist das Mädchen, Op.138/3 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Vicente, Gil, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Bedeckt mich mit Blumen, Op.138/4 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Doceo, María, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Flutenreicher Ebro: Romanze, Op.138/5 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Intermezzo: Nationaltanz, Op.138/6 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Weh, wie zornig ist das Mädchen, Op.138/7 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Vicente, Gil, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Hoch, hoch sind die Berge, Op.138/8 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Padilla, Pedro de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Blaue Augen hat das Mädchen, Op.138/9 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Dunkler Lichtglanz, blinder Blick, Op.138/10 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Cota de Maguaque, Rodrigo, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
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Herbstlied, Op.43/2 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Mahlmann, Siegfried August
Zur Schenkung eines Flügels Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert anon.
Frühlingsnacht, Op.39/12 (Eichendorff-Liederkreis) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Mein schöner Stern, Op.101/4 (Minnespiel) Boutté, Tony, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Rückert, Friedrich
Heimkehr, Op.7/6 Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Uhland, Ludwig
Zwielicht, Op.39/10 (Eichendorff-Liederkreis) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Im Walde, Op.39/11 (Eichendorff-Liederkreis) Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr von
Theme in E flat major Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Gebet, Op.135/5 (Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart) Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert Mary, Queen of Scots, trans. Vincke, Gisbert von
Finale – Molto moderato, alla marcia (Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann, Op.23) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes n/a
Der Gang zum Liebchen, Op.31/3 Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes anon., trans. Wenzig, Josef
Es rauschet das Wasser, Op.28/3 Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Brahms, Johannes Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Zum Schluss, Op.65/15 (Neue Liebeslieder) Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel, Op.52/6 (Liebeslieder-Walzer) –   ENCORE Ryan, Theresa Lee, soprano; Zerbe, Monica, mezzo; Boutté, Tony, tenor; Neff, Daniel, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Brahms, Johannes Daumer, Georg Friedrich