Bittersweet Symphonies: The Music and Lives of Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann & Johannes Brahms CD Release

We here at Flatland Music Library would like to thank everyone who took part in our 2013 Program Series! The concert and speaker series was a great success.

Just in time for the holidays Flatland Music Library and the Flatland Faculty of Music are proud to announce the release of a special 2-disk set featuring all of the music and lectures of the series. With performances by students and staff, and lectures by F.M.L.’s own librarian Lukas Miller, this set is a great holiday gift for the music lover of your family.

The CDs are available at the circulation desk in the library and the main office of the Faculty of Music. CDs cost $10 including taxes.

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History Lesson: Women & Music

Clara Schumann is regarded as one of the most famous and successful female composers of the Romantic Era. Who, however, were her contemporaries? Her predecessors? Her successors. Lets take a quick look at the history of women in classical music!

Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn

Fanny Hensel (Mendelssohn)

Fanny Mendelssohn (1805 – 1847)

Fanny Mendelssohn’s fame is typically attributed to her relationship to Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) – her younger brother. However, Fanny was also a successful composer and performer – writing over 460 pieces of music. Her evidence of contributions to the art of classical music are minimal when compared to other professional contemporary composers, but Fanny was surely an influences for future women in the artform.

Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179)

Hildegard of Bingen, also known as Sibyl of the Rhine, was an early German writer, composer and philosopher and one of the earliest known female composers in the Western world. Approximately sixty-nine of her compositions survive to this day – acknowledged as one of the largest medieval musical repertoires known today.

Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901 – 1953)

Ruth Crawford Seeger was an American 20th century composer who helped popularize modernist music alongside contemporaries such as Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky. Her accolades range from being the first woman to be awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as being recognized as one of the first composers to adapt Schoenberg’s serialist style to music elements other than pitch.

A young Alma Mahler

A young Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler (1879 – 1964)

Alma Mahler (born Alma Maria Schindler) was an Austrian socialite best known (musically) for her relationship as the wife of Gustav Mahler. She was also an amateur composers, publishing numerous songs and instrumental pieces – unfortunately only of which 17 survive today. Her importance to classical music relies more upon her patronage of the arts rather than her contributions to them, but it cannot be argued that she had a profound influence on the lives and works of other composers.

Amy Beach

Amy Beach

Amy Beach (1867 – 1944)

Amy Beach (aka H.H.A. Beach) was an American composer and pianist acknowledged as one of the most successful professional composers of large-scale works – such as her opera Cabildo, various orchestral works, and numerous songs, chorals works, and keyboard music. Beach also dabbled in experimental music, and was the first president of the Society of American Women Composers.

Jean Coulthard (1908 – 2000)

Coulthard was a Canadian composer and teacher, often associated with two other 20th century Canadian female composers: Barbara Bentland and Violet Archer. Coulthard’s works include concertos, keyboard music, songs, symphonies and chamber music. Her career saw her studying alongside composers such as Bela Bartok, Aaron Copland, and Arnold Schoenberg, while leaving a legacy through her students at the University of British Columbia including Chan Ka Nin and Michael Conway Baker. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 1994.

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Links & Listens: Schumann in Zwickau

The Robert Schumann House, located in Zwickau, Germany, is an archive and museum dedicated to the life of Robert Schumann. Schumann was born in Zwickau in 1810, and lived at the house for several years of his life.

The Robert Schumann House in Zwickau, Germany

The Robert Schumann House in Zwickau, Germany

This web site – run by the city of Zwickau, contains helpful biographical information, archival documents (the world’s largest collection), and artifacts from Schumann’s lifetime spent in Zwickau. The site is overseen by music scholars well versed in Schumann’s life and music. You can contact the Robert Schumann House administration to book a time to access the archival collection for research purposes.

Visit the website for more information, or take note of the location for a future visit to Germany.

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Library Spotlight: Reference & Instructional Services

A reference librarian is on staff to help you!

A reference librarian is on staff to help you!

Having trouble finding that article on Brahms’ German Requiem?

Frustrated in deciding which musical database contains the information you’re looking for?

Not positive on the proper noting and citation format for web sites?

Publishing a paper and worried about copyright and your rights as an author?

Lucky for you, the Flatland Music Library offers various services to help you in the academic research needs!

If you are having a hard time in any aspect of your academic research – whether its writing, researching, citing or publishing – do not ever hesitate to visit the library and ask for help. The Flatland Music Library’s staff are trained to assist you in nearly all aspects of research.  Some of the services we offer include:

  • How do I reference all these books!?

    How do I reference all these books!?

    Reference: Completing literature searches, finding books & articles online or in print.

  • Inter-library Loan: Making requests to order copies of articles or materials from other libraries.
  • Instruction: We offer numerous drop-in courses throughout the year on how to search databases, use the catalogue, write papers, and cite sources.

You can get in touch with the library via phone, email, or visiting in person. If you have any questions about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Links & Listens: Music in Video Games

PhD candidate Jo Smith will be defending her thesis “The Role of Music in Video Games” today. To celebrate her achievements and research, here is the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing some great video game music.

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Concert Promotion: Love Songs

recitalJoin us for a concert of romantic German lieder, featuring the Flatland School of Music’s faculty and students. Robert Schumann’s‘ song cycle, Dichterliebe (“The Poet’s Love) will be the feature work of the evening, with selections of both Brahms and Clara Schumann‘s songs to start the event. As with our other concerts in this series, the Flatland Music Library will present short and interesting lectures on the research done for these performances.

Admission is $10 and free for Interlake University students and children. The concert will begin at 7:30pm sharp. Coffee, tea and dainties will be served between performances during the lecture portion of the concert.


~Introduction Lecture~
Lukas Miller, Flatland Music Library

Schumann, C. – Liebst du um Schönheit “If you love for beauty”, Op. 12 No. 4 (1841)
Catherine Denise, voice
Anthony McMillan, piano

Schumann, C. – Sie liebten sich beide “They once loved each other”, Op.13 No. 2 (1843)
Angela Golder, voice
Avril Harrison, piano

Brahms – Vor dem Fenster “At the window”, Op. 14 No. 1
Brahms – Ein Sonett “A Sonnet”, Op. 14 No. 4
Matthew Bach, voice
Anthony McMillan, piano

~Intermission & Lecture~
Lukas Miller, Flatland Music Library

Schumann, R. – Dichterliebe “The Poet’s Love”, Op. 48 (1840)

  1. Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
  2. Aus meinen Tränen sprießen
  3. Die Rose, die Lilie
  4. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’

    Felix Mendelssohn With His Sister

    Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn – caring and loving siblings

  5. Ich will meine Seele tauchen
  6. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
  7. Ich grolle nicht
  8. Und wüssten’s die Blumen
  9. Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen
  10. Hör’ ich das Liedchen klingen
  11. Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
  12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
  13. Ich hab’ im Traum geweinet
  14. Allnächtlich im Traume
  15. Aus alten Märchen winkt es
  16. Die alten, bösen Lieder

Robert Miller, voice
Avril Harrison, piano


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Links & Listens: Song of Love (1947)

In this classic film starring Katherine Hepburn, composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

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