This event has finished Took place on: Saturday, 22nd Oct 2016
“Songs and Dances of Death” - a song cycle with music by Modest Mussorgsky and words by Arseny Golenishchev-Kutuzov.
Mussorgsky’s most popular song cycle was written in the mid 1870s. Death appears in numerous guises: as the nanny who rocks a sick child into eternal sleep, as a lover who serenades a dying elderly lady under her window, as a dancing partner who lulls a drunken peasant to stumble to his death in the enfolding snow and as a General commanding the armies of both sides in a bloody battle. Shostakovich, well known for his morbid disposition, was a great admirer of the cycle. His only complaint was that there weren’t enough songs, inspiring him to write his Fourteenth Symphony on a similar conception.
Oskar and Rob will also perform “Retreats and Advances” a cycle of songs by Robin Holloway based on the poems of A. S. J. Tessimond.
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