Friday, 20 June 2008, 12:00AM

Goethe the Musician and his influence on German Song

Professor Richard Stokes

Germany's greatest poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), seemed to have perfectly attuned artistic sensibilities, and yet it was him who utterly failed to recognise the brilliance of the songs Franz Schubert made from his poems.
Professor Richard Stokes, of the Royal Academy of Music, investigates this seeming paradox through a review of Goethe's life and an analyses of his poems and their adaptation into Lieder by Schubert.

This lecture is part of the City of London Festival.

Other lectures in this series include: 
     The Question of Beauty in Architecture, by Alain de Botton
     This Imperious Company, by Nick Robins
     The Last Mughal, by William Dalrymple
     Mahler's Heavenly Retreats, by Keith James Clarke

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Professor Richard Stokes is based at the Royal Academy of Music.

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20 June 2008

Goethe the Musician and his influence on German Song
Professor Richard Stokes

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