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Inch of the Day September 2015: Singing Reynaldo Hahn’s ‘Si Mes Vers Avaient Des Ailes’


Si Mes Vers Avaient Des Ailes ( If My Poem Had Wings) is a French melodie –  art song – (equivalent to the German lied) by Venezuelan-born French composer Reynaldo Hahn (1874–1947).  There’s an excellent definition of melodie on Wikipedia, which is … Continue reading

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What I’m Singing: Schumann’s Song Cycle Liederkreis


I’ve just started the challenging task of learning to sing Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis – a song cycle of 12 songs (liede). The song in the You Tube video is song 5 of the cycle and it’s sung by lyric soprano Barbara Bonney. She’s one of my favourite sopranos. She has a clear, sweet, natural-sounding voice and whatever she is singing, she makes sound effortless. My homework this week was to learn songs 1-3, but I think Mondnacht (Moonlit Night) (song 5 in the cycle) is going to be my favourite. Continue reading

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