A Hundred Gourds 5:1 December 2015

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Audio Test

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Video Test

Let’s listen to a sterling example of poetry set to music with our ears attuned especially to the question of the relationship of the text and the music. This is a poem “Wohin?” (“Whither”) by Wilhelm Müller from the cycle Die Schöne Müllerin set by Franz Schubert, and sung by Dieter Fischer-Dieskau. The young man is falling for the mill-girl. The rushing of the brook parallels the agitation of his mind. Listen how the brilliant accompanist Gerald Moore captures the young man’s turmoil in his piano accompaniment:

01. Schubert. “Wohin?” from Die schöne Müllerin. Performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and (I think) Gerald Moore. YouTube:

Let’s listen to two compositions for single instruments or two like instruments. First is John Cage’s 1952 Seven Haiku for Piano. The program notes from the CD observe, “The Seven Haiku are hard to hear as anything but a fragmentary single piece, since there are silences within sections as well as between them.”

03. John Cage. Seven Haiku. Performed by Nils Vigeland. YouTube: