Schubert-Die Schone Mullerin

January 19, 2023 starting at 7:30 pm

Stanley Workman, Tenor & Julio Alves, Guitar

Schubert- Die schöne Müllerin

In his regrettably short life, Austrian composer, Franz Schubert, (1797-1827), wrote more than 600 romantic art songs, the highly-prized German ‘Lied’ of the 19th century.

In addition, Schubert composed three song cycles, a series of three or more songs, tied together by a single narrative or theme:  Die schöne Müllerin (The Beautiful Maid of the Mill), Winterreise, (Winter Journey), and Schwanengesang (Swan Song).  While Schubert invented neither the Lied, nor the song-cycle, he raised this genre to an artistical level that remains unsurpassed in the history of Western music.

2023 marks the 200th anniversary of the composition of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, which follows the story of an optimistic young man, a journeyman miller, who in his travels befriends a brook. The brook leads him to a mill, where he finds employment and falls in love with the miller’s daughter. The narrative of the cycle unfolds as he tries to win the affection of the young maiden, but finds his passionate outpourings unreturned, a classic story of unrequited love.