Romantic Poetry and Song Recital

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mccaldin artsCreated especially by writer Di Sherlock, Romantic Music & Words combines poems by WB Yeats with the songs of Schumann and Wagner in a seamless conversation between words and music, performed by Clare McCaldin (mezzo) with Libby Burgess (piano) and Di Sherlock (reader).

We devised the programme in 2016, coincidentally the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. We wanted to explore something other than Yeats’ Irish nationalism with this programme, which reflects on nineteenth-century Romantic notions of Love and Beauty.

Frauenlieben und -leben and the Wesendonck Lieder are interleaved with poems from throughout Yeats’ life, including Prayer for my Daughter, Wild Swans at Coole and When You Are Old, plus sung settings of The Salley Gardens and The Cloths of Heaven.

Romantic words and music for Valentine’s Day