Salon music is the star of a concert cycle at the Goethe-Institut

Winterlied: all of the splendour of middle-class salon music for piano and voice.

The appearance and moment of splendour of bourgeois society in the modern era brought with it a change in the models of musical creation and consumption. It generated the need to interpret pieces of music in the salon, or drawing room, of the home. The combination of voice and piano was one of the most popular and, in response, many composers wrote large repertoires of pieces that still survive today.

The Goethe-Institut Barcelona is set to host Winterlieds, salon concerts for piano and voice in a programme that is guided more by feelings and themes than by composers. Subjects like desire and suffering, the end of childhood and femininity will therefore be the themes that underlie these sessions. Madrigals, the difference between the French and German repertoires and Catalan song will also have sessions devoted to them.

This is a cycle in which the public will feel like guests at an elegant bourgeois soiree at which the musicians will explore the diverse possibilities offered by the duo and by the harmonic interplay of chamber pieces which, not by chance, have survived until today.

 

WINTERLIED: Salon concerts for voice and piano
When: Until 10 March.
Price: Free.
Where: Goethe-Institut Barcelona

More information available at the  Goethe-Institut Barcelona website

Publication date: Monday, 11 January 2016
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