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Poetry and Drama into Music

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1M2190
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$30 - Member
$35 - Non-Member

"Faust and Lilith" (detail) by Richard Westall, 1831

Music, poetry, and theater are truly sister arts. As such, over the centuries, they have been embraced and brought together in works that have often reflected the best of human creativity.

In this fascinating program, opera and classical music scholar Saul Lilienstein leads us through sublime examples of the great synthesis of the arts: the Schubert songs inspired by Goethe’s poetry; Gounod’s opera Faust, based on Goethe’s drama; Giuseppe Verdi, taking on the challenge of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Othello, and The Merry Wives of Windsor; Igor Stravinsky, finding a modern voice within Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex; 19th-century Russian composers building new sounds upon the language of Alexander Pushkin. 

Lilienstein’s lively lecture, enhanced by the finest video recordings, examines what has been gained and what has been lost in the transformation of one art form into another.

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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.