Public Research Seminar: Professor Ronald Woodley (piano) and James Geer (tenor) Lecture-Recital: Exploring Schumann's Dichterliebe on the Wick Piano
Public Research Seminar Series
New Lecture Theatre, Birmingham Conservatoire
Tickets available on the door
Earlier this year the Conservatoire was privileged to acquire on loan a remarkable piano, dating from the mid-19th century and made by Clara Schumann’s cousin, Wilhelm Wieck, in Dresden.
The instrument, still in a good state of preservation, provides a wonderful opportunity to investigate how the performance of lieder from this period might be influenced by the characteristics of sound, articulation and colour of this kind of piano, along with other documentary evidence of historical keyboard and vocal performance practice.
Ronald Woodley, Professor in the Conservatoire’s Research Department, with his long-standing duo partner, the tenor James Geer, explore these issues through extracts from Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, in the company of this unique instrument, which may have belonged to Clara Schumann herself.
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