FRANZ SCHUBERT: Der Zwerg

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Der Zwerg

The lyrics to Schubert’s lied, Der Zwerg (1822), are taken from a Romantic ballad written by Matthäus von Collin. Although the music is undoubtedly powerful, the story of the failed romance between a lady and a dwarf is somewhat more suspect…

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OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Saint François D’Assise, Act I

OLIVER MESSIAEN: Saint François d’Assise, Act I

For his religious opera, Saint François d’Assise (1983), Oliver Messiaen claimed to have chosen this particular character because he considered Francis to be ‘the saint who most resembles Christ’. We’ll just have to see about that…

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