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2/11/19 - Véronique Gens & Susan Manoff Perfom Hahn

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:02 AM by Steven Luksan   [ updated Feb 11, 2019, 1:31 PM ]
2/11/19 Véronique Gens & Susan Manoff Perform Hahn

One of my favorite things to do as a pianist is to work with singers.  In classical music, songs written for voice and piano in English are known as Art Songs. (These songs will often be called Mélodies if they are in French or Lieder if they are in German.) This song, by one of the master composers of French mélodies, Reynaldo Hahn, tells the story of someone who fell in love, but wasn't able to stay with the girl he loved.  Notice how the singer tells the story, but it's the music played by the piano that makes the drama of the story come to life!