The Art of Song

Good Music Speaks

The composition of songs is one of the most expressive and sublime tasks a composer can undertake.  Many times the word “song” is used in the most generic sense to mean any piece of music.  When I am writing about “songs” here, I am referring to “art songs”, usually a setting of a literary poem or text for piano and voice.  (In fact, if you really want to get under the skin and annoy some hot soprano, call every bit of music a “song”.)  Notice I did not refer to this as a song for voice and piano accompaniment.  In the best hands, I hear the piano as an equal musical partner in a song, with its music every bit as intricate and essential to portraying the interpretation of the text.  Some of the most wonderful musical moments can be heard in a recital of art songs.

Listening to song…

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