Graduation Recital by Sarah Shafer, soprano

Sarah Shafer, soprano

A Graduation Recital by Sarah Shafer, soprano. Sarah is a native of State College, PA and entered Curtis in 2006 for studies with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. Her program:

Schubert: Three Songs and The Shepherd on the Rock
With Mikael Eliasen, piano (songs) and Stanislav Chernyshev, clarinet and
Mikael Eliasen, piano (Shepherd)

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) is regarded as history’s greatest composer of art songs. Sarah offers three of those tonight, along with the multiple moods of “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen,” D. 965 (The Shepherd on the Rock). Based on verses by Wilhelm Müller and Karl August Varnhagen von Ense, this long song presents a shepherd on a mountain top, who expresses contrasting feelings of joy, sorrow and hope for the future.

Barber: Hermit Songs
With Mikael Eliasen, piano
Curtis Institute graduate Samuel Barber wrote this song cycle in 1953, basing it on a series of ten verses by Irish monks and scholars dating from the 8th to 13th centuries. The great soprano Leontyne Price gave the premiere of the cycle with Barber at the piano at the Library of Congress that year. The songs’ titles: “At St Patrick’s Purgatory”, “Church Bell at Night”, “St Ita’s Vision”, “The Heavenly Banquet”, “The Crucifixion”, “Sea Snatch”, “Promiscuity”, “The Monk and his Cat”, “The Praises of God” and “The Desire for Hermitage”.

Music Word of the Week: “Deutsch”
“Abbreviation for the standard ‘thematic catalogue of the works of Franz Schubert’ drawn up by the Austrian biographer and bibliographer Otto Erich Deutsch (1883 – 1967) and published in London in 1951.” (from the Oxford Dictionary of Music)

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