How can you accelerate the speed, accuracy, and quality of learning songs for performance situations?

On this blog I share my 'learning adventures' as I continue to improve my performance as a singer.

I share web resources I find helpful, and reflect on my experience using various technologies and ideas.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A favourite song: Gute Nacht from Schubert's Winterreise

One of my long-time favourite pieces of music is Schubert's 'Winterreise'. The music tells of a betrayed lover who departs her mother's home for both a physical and tortuous metaphysical journey across the cold snows of winter.

Here is but one of sixty versions of the first song in the cycle, 'Gute Nacht', from YouTube. This is a 1966 version sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

My favourite version is the DVD of Ian Bostridge with Stage Direction by David Alden.

In a future post, I'll present my own performance presented the NZ Aria competition. I'll also outline some of the resources I found helpful in preparing this song, and the challenges I dealt with.

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