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Schubert’s Winterreise

Wed 24 Nov, 7:30pm

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Katherine Broderick – soprano
Kathryn Stott – piano

Schubert Winterreise

Please note this concert will finish at approximately 8.50pm.

This venue requires audience members to sit 1m apart so people will be seated with a one seat gap between groups.

Franz Schubert practically single-handedly invented the song-cycle. Winterreise Op 89 is the culmination of this art form.

The songs do not follow a narrative plot, rather they chart a series of impressions or memories from a life of not belonging. The ‘trauma’ that was the catalyst for this transient life is never divulged, nor the nature of the trauma. The audience is only aware that this damaging event is in the past and so devastating that the traveller will never fully recover from it. This is a life that has been too heavily marred by circumstance and the journey will be unceasing until death. Indeed, the whole cycle is musically underpinned with an unrelenting, yet weary walking pace. Our protagonist cannot stop for too long, it is as if they are compelled to keep moving. They cannot stop because they do not belong.

These songs have long been the sole territory of the male singer, yet the themes of displacement, loneliness and isolation could not be more universally relevant. Feeling adrift, whether it be literally; the displaced person seeking asylum in foreign lands, or metaphorically; the loneliness of being connected to the rest of the world via the internet yet having no real live connection, is a universal issue. Part of the human experience is to crave to be understood and this outsider, having accepted their solitary fate, walks on.

Fremd bin ich eingezogen,
Fremd zieh ich wieder aus.

I arrived a stranger,
A stranger I depart.

 

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