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Schumann in the Morning | Town Hall, Bayfield, ON
Songs and piano-duets for the 200th anniversary of Schumann's birth

date: June 12, 2010

As their opening contribution to the second weekend of the fourth annual Bayfield Festival of Song and as a 200th birthday tribute to the composer, our four young artists gave a complete performance of Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder, a cycle of solos and partsongs with piano-duet  –  it was a model for Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer.  The songs were framed by other piano-duets by Schumann.  The encore was a partsong which the composer had written for his wife, Clara, on his birthday gift to her of a piano.  This piece, and some of the songs, had been performed during the previous week on our tour of Huron County schools  –  at one of which, on June 8, the actual birthday, we lit candles on a birthday cake!

SONG ARTIST COMPOSER POET
Geburtstagmarsch, Op.85/1 (Zwölf vierhändige Klavierstücke für kleine und grosse Kinder) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Bärentanz, Op.85/2 (Zwölf vierhändige Klavierstücke für kleine und grosse Kinder) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Gartenmelodie, Op.85/3 (Zwölf vierhändige Klavierstücke für kleine und grosse Kinder) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Versteckens, Op.85/10 (Zwölf vierhändige Klavierstücke für kleine und grosse Kinder) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Abendlied, Op.85/12 (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) Bradley, Leslie Ann, 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) Mutya, Frank, tenor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Vicente, Gil, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Bedeckt mich mit Blumen, Op.138/4 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Huang, Erica Iris, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Doceo, María, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Flutenreicher Ebro: Romanze, Op.138/5 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Garvanliev, Vasil, 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) Mutya, Frank, tenor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Vicente, Gil, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Hoch, hoch sind die Berge, Op.138/8 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Huang, Erica Iris, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Padilla, Pedro de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Blaue Augen hat das Mädchen, Op.138/9 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Mutya, Frank, tenor; Garvanliev, Vasil, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert anon. Spanish, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Dunkler Lichtglanz, blinder Blick, Op.138/10 (Spanische Liebeslieder) Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Huang, Erica Iris, mezzo; Mutya, Frank, tenor; Garvanliev, Vasil, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert Cota de Maguaque, Rodrigo, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Andante, un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace (Symphony No. 1, Op.38, “Spring”) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Schumann, Robert n/a
Zur Schenkung eines Flügels –   ENCORE Bradley, Leslie Ann, soprano; Huang, Erica Iris, mezzo; Mutya, Frank, tenor; Garvanliev, Vasil, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Schumann, Robert anon.