may, 2018

18may - 19may 1812:00 ammay 19The Poetry in Life ~Schumann, Ades, Brahms12:00 am - 11:59 pm (19) 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

Event Details

The Poetry in Life ~ Schumann, Adès, Brahms is an exploration of Schumann’s literary life that spilled wholeheartedly into his musical creative output in songs, solo piano music and chamber music; a look into the works of Schumann’s prolific parallel, the contemporary British composer Thomas Adès, who was also born to a poet and for whom the intertwining of literature and music comes so naturally; and which closes with the musical poetry found in the mature and late years of Brahms, a younger German Romantic discovered at age 20 and hailed by Schumann himself as the ‘chosen one’.

Join us on our first evening, crafted around one of Schumann’s most well-loved song cycle Frauen-Liebe und Leben Op. 42 (Woman’s Love and Life), written in the year of his marriage to Clara Schumann – this single euphoric year that saw Schumann produce more than half of his total song output throughout his entire lifetime, and which includes his Dichterliebe Op. 48 (Poet’s Love), his Liederkreis Op. 39, and Myrthen Op. 25 – Schumann’s wedding present to Clara.

8pm 18 May 2018

Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 73 for clarinet and piano
Schumann Frauen-Liebe und Leben Op. 42
Adès Court Studies from “The Tempest” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Adès 2 Shakespeare Songs from “The Tempest” (from Purcell)
Schumann Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart Op. 135
Schumann Piano Trio No. 2 in F major Op. 80

And join us on our second evening, as we venture into the musical poetry found in the mature and late years of Brahms ~ his gloomy and tragic c minor Piano Quartet which boasts, in its slow movement, one of the most glorious cello solo openings ever written; his 2 Songs for alto, viola and piano, written 20 years apart, for his close friend Joseph Joachim (incidentally, also the artist who pushed for Brahms’ first meeting at age 20 with Robert Schumann) and his wife; and closing with the patient and spacious Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Brahms’ last chamber music work, known for its perfect expression of melancholy, nostalgia and an autumnal glow.

8pm 19 May 2018

Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor Op. 60
Brahms Two Songs for alto, viola and piano Op. 91
Brahms Clarinet Quintet in b minor Op. 115


Schumann makes generous use of literature and poetry in his musical creative process. His inclination for merging literature and music is found not only in his songs but also in extra-musical features of his solo pianoforte works.

Equally intrigued and attracted to literature and poetry is contemporary British composer Thomas Adès, who has found his unique way of merging literature and music, so there is no longer boundary but a complete fusion.

For more curious minds, our intimate 60-minute Sharing Recital looks into specific examples from Schumann and Adès’ instrumental output (solo piano and chamber music), in which the written word in the form of poetry, has had influence.

6pm 18 May 2018


For young ones who are just starting out, we have two specially designed interactive Concerts for Children the morning of 19 May. Send them off to a 50-minute session of fun and learning with these international artists and a great facilitator !

10am for ages 0-6
Discover the special timbres, textures, and unique sound world of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet, a work fashioned by this German master after Mozart’s own sublime Clarinet Quintet, written a hundred years before.

12noon for ages 6-12
Explore the expressive poetry in Schumann’s beloved song cycle Frauen-Liebe und Leben Op. 42 (Woman’s Love and Life) and admire how he wove his own musical creations into the fabric of these Romantic poems.

Concerts for Children

Ticket Price: $32-$102 (Evening Concerts), $32 (Sharing Recital), $32 (Concerts for Children)


18 (Friday) 12:00 am - 19 (Saturday) 11:59 pm


Esplanade Recital Studio

1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981

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