Baritone Andrè Schuen and pianist Daniel Heide will be appearing at L’Auditori de Barcelona on Thursday to perform Die schöne Müllerin (The Fair Maid of the Mill) by Franz Schubert. Andrè Schuen, one of the outstanding voices on the European music scene, will be making his debut at L’Auditori, presenting this song cycle, which he has just recorded with Heide for Deutsche Grammophon.
This journey through one of the masterpieces of the repertoire for voice and piano has been organised by L’Auditori de Barcelona and l’Associació Franz Schubert de Barcelona, and will mark the start of the Schubertiade.
Despite Franz Schubert’s desire to become a composer of operas and symphonies, his songs for voice and piano are his greatest legacy. The musical elements and the literary depth of the poems blend perfectly with a broad range of emotions, feelings and images, and the piano and the melody are woven together to create a single texture.
Die schöne Müllerin, written in 1823 and published in 1824, is one of the first lieder cycles to tell a single, self-contained story, with an ambitious, dramatic approach. Schubert took his inspiration from the cycle of poems of the same name by Wilhelm Müller published in 1821, although he eliminated some and modified others to increase the work’s narrative power, producing a total of twenty songs. Some follow the traditional pattern of verses with repeated melodies, while others are genuine examples of the durchkomponiert style, where there is no repetition.
Download the concert programme and lyrics.
Aleix Palau | 15 March 2021
Andrè Schuen and Daniel Heide perform “Die schöne Müllerin” by Schubert
Thursday 18 March at 7 pm in Hall 2, Oriol Martorell at L'Auditori de Barcelona.