Liederabend

Saturday 23 August at 5.00pm.

Janene Broere, Judith Swanson and Katie Cole,
accompanied by Colin Forbes.
Works by Brahms, Schubert, Wolf and Richard Strauss.

Fine song, at the cocktail hour, with drinks and nibbles for sale by Food@St Philip's.

Liederabend is a German expression meaning 'evening of song'. The Liederabend tradition dates back to the 1800s when people would gather at someone's home, to perform and listen to an evening of fine singing. The piano helped such singing become popular, as it was an instrument that many people came to own and play. Composers wrote vast amounts for voice and piano, often using poetry of the day.

The songs are referred to today as 'art songs' or Lieder. Among the greatest composers of German Lieder were Telemann, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert (who composed over 600 songs), Brahms, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss (who composed about 150), Mahler, Liszt, Wagner and Wolf.