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“Die Winterreise” (Staged) to be presented at IMPACT NYU August 4-9:
Songs in the original order of the poems by Wilhelm Mueller
The New York Concert Opera, featuring German- American baritone Ulrich Hartung and a chamber ensemble led by Stefan Kozinski, will present the Schubert song cycle in a multimedia performance on the evenings of Monday August 4 through Saturday, August 9 at 8 PM at the Black Box Theatre, 82 Washington Square East, New York. Run time is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Admission is $10 general, $5 for seniors and $5 for students with student ID.
The song cycle is to be presented in three parts – Past, Present, Future – with an instrumental introduction (reflecting the last song) and interludes making each part, as well as the entire piece, an organic whole. The chamber players will join the protagonist in expressing pertinent ambience. The production will also have projected images relevant to the songs’ mood and themes making the event truly a multimedia experience.
The chamber ensemble consists of piano, viola, cello, woodwind and brass players in an arrangement by Mr. Kozinski, a New York composer/conductor. The dramatized performance is semi-staged with multimedia surrounds.
In his 1992 NYU dissertation on “Winterreise,” Mr. Hartung makes the argument that in the 19th century the popular cycle was performed with the songs in the order of the final published version of the poems. Schubert had originally found 12 of these poems in another publication; but, by the time he found all 24 together – and in a different order – in Mueller’s collection, progress on printing the first set wouldn’t allow any changes, and he was obliged to set the remaining 12 poems as he found them as a second part. Schubert died shortly after giving these songs to the publisher. Some of the obvious text errors have been corrected in most recent recordings and performances, but printed editions of the cycle perpetuate the composer’s oversights and hasty transcriptions.
It is commonly acknowledged that the poet’s order provides a more dramatic, linear sequence to the cycle, and the NY Concert Opera performances highlight that fact.
Director of IMPACT NYU is John Gilbert, NYU Associate Professor of Music and Music Education.
For tickets, contact NYU Ticket Central
online at http://events.nyu.edu/#event_id/21775/view/event
or by phone at 212 352 3101 or in person at the Box Office at 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).