Brahms and Beyond

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The Oxford Song Network, in collaboration with the Oxford Lieder Festival, is pleased to present an afternoon of talks by Natasha Loges, Laura Tunbridge, Jennifer Ronyak and Sophie Fuller. Inspired by Natasha Loges's new book, Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), as well as celebrating the hundredth anniversary of women's suffrage and falling just one day after International Women's Day, these talks will explore various facets of gender, society, and the song tradition, from Schumann's settings of female poets, to Brahms' approach to female characters in song poetry, Fanny Hensel’s Heine settings in English translations by Mary Alexander, and the salon world of Maude Valérie White.

1400: Introduction and Welcome (Philip Ross Bullock)

1400-1500: SESSION 1: Alex Lloyd (Chair)

Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music, London): ‘Hearing Women’s Voices in Brahms’s Solo Songs’

Laura Tunbridge (Oxford): ‘Robert Schumann’s Frauenleben

1500-1530: BREAK

1530-1630: SESSION 2: Alex Lloyd (Chair)

Jennifer Ronyak (Graz): ‘Two Women, Three Poems, and Two Private Acts of Translation: Fanny Hensel’s Three Songs After Heinrich Heine from Mary Alexander

Sophie Fuller (Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance): ‘Songs and the Late Victorian and Edwardian Salon: The Case of Maude Valérie White (1855-1937)’


Free entry, booking required: