Words becoming Music
Directed by Pamela Lidiard
A week of performances of Iain Burnside’s latest production A Soldier and a Maker and a Gurney Study Day in Spring 2012 marked the launch of a new strand of research at the Guildhall School, Words becoming Music. The main focus of this strand is the song repertoire, casting new light on the part that text, subtext, and context play in the transformation of poetry into song. The role literature has played in the work of particular composers, for instance Debussy and the Symbolist poets, the literary background to Schumann’s piano works, or the influence of Lamartine on Liszt will be explored. Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti, Paul Roberts and Iain Burnside are contributing to this area and Dr Susan Youens, one of the foremost experts on Lieder, led a research day on late Schumann works in autumn 2012.
Projects within this research strand include: