Liederabend LXVIII: Songs of Francis Poulenc

NEC: Williams Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

The Liederabend—literally, "evening of song"—dates back to the 1800s, when musicians and lovers of music would gather at someone's home, and one or more singers and a pianist would perform the songs of composers of the day. In the field of classical music, these songs are referred to as "art songs," and the German art songs are called "Lieder." In Germany, the great age of song came in the 19th century. German and Austrian composers had written music for voice with keyboard before this time, but it was with the flowering of German literature in the Classical and Romantic eras that composers found high inspiration in great poetry, sparking the genre known as the "Lied."

The tradition of the art song composition continues today, with composers from all corners of the world setting poetry in many languages, scored for voice and piano. The NEC Liederabend series presents songs in a variety of languages—not only German—dating from the 19th century up to the present day.

Tonight's program has been coached by Tanya Blaich and Cameron Stowe.

This is an in-person event with a private stream available to the NEC community here

  1. Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon

    Fêtes galantes

    • Sydney Pexton, soprano
    • Ga-Young Park, piano
  2. Songs

    Le disparu

    • Morgan Mastrangelo, tenor
    • Pualina Lim, piano
  3. Trois poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin

    Le garçon de Lièges
    Officiers de la garde blanche

    • Shiyu Zhuo, soprano
    • Shalun Li, piano
  4. Métamorphoses

    Reines des mouettes
    C’est ainsi que tu es

    • Harper Yin, mezzo-soprano
    • Sepehr Davalloukhoungar, piano
  5. Fiançailles pour rire

    La dame d’André
    Dans l’herbe
    Il vole
    Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant

    • Mara Riley, soprano
    • Rafe Schaberg, piano
  6. La fraîcheur et le feu

    La fraîcheur et le feu              
    Le matin les branches attisent
    Tour disparu même les toits même le ciel
    Dans les ténèbres du jardin
    Unis la fraîcheur et le feu
    Homme au sourire tendre
    La grande rivière qui va

    • Olivia Sheehy, mezzo-soprano
    • Jamie Lorusso, piano
  7. Chansons gaillardes

    La maîtresse volage
    Chanson à boire
    Invocation aux Parques
    Couplets bachiques
    La belle jeunesse

    • Hyungjin Son, baritone
    • Elgin Lee, piano