Snow have been falling, cold wind are blowing, it is winter time. So let us listen to some of the music made about this dark and cold time of year.
As oppose to Christmas with all its light, winter may often represent darkness depression and death, as it clearly does, in Schubert’s song circle Winterreise (Winter Journey). The theme of the songs is a journey, into the winter landscape, by a man having lost his lover to another man.
Schubert was very sick, from syphilis, when he wrote the music for the Poems by Wilhelm Müller.His physical and mental health clearly reflected, in the very dark moods of the songs.When finishing the last part of the song circle, he was almost dying.
Schubert : Winterreise.”Gute Nacht”
While not a very big name in his lifetime, Schubert (1797 – 1828) was highly regarded by the next generation of composers (Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms). Schubert is now regarded as one of the greatest composers of the early Romantic era. Schubert died shortly after completing Winterreise, only 32 years old.
A lot more uplifting was Frantz Liszt (1811 – 1886) Chasse-neige (snowstorm), In this case the composer transform the element of winter, the nature of the snowstorm, into his music. No longer does winter represent a human state of mind, the music is about winter itself.
Franz Liszt Chasse-neige
Franz Ritter von Liszt was an Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, and teacher.
Liszt was known by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist and was considered to be, one of the greatest pianist of all time. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the “Neudeutsche Schule”. He influenced his contemporaries and anticipated some of the 20th-century ideas and trends.
To be continued