6 hours total | 4 sessions, beginning April 7, 2022
Gain a deeper appreciation of four major composers of the early Romantic era, and see how great literature can inspire musical masterpieces. In the process, you will attain a broader understanding of the connection between these two life-enhancing art forms.
Composers of the Romantic era often drew upon literary subjects to expand the coloristic and expressive range of their music. In this series we will explore how Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Hector Berlioz, and Franz Liszt transformed the writings of their favorite authors—including Shakespeare, Goethe, Byron, and Hugo—into exciting and innovative musical works.
Among the pieces we will discuss are Mendelssohn’s music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Schumann’s Manfred and Scenes from Faust, Berlioz’s Harold in Italy and Romeo and Juliet, and Liszt’s Faust Symphony.
Join us for this fascinating glimpse into the connections between music and literature, and achieve a richer enjoyment of both.