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"Clairières dans le ciel"

("Clearings in the sky")
Song cycle by Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and
selected songs by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
and Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

sky and cloudsLili Boulanger is Nadia Boulanger's (the famous composition teacher) younger sister. Lili Boulanger died in 1918 when she was just 24 years old. In 1914 she composed the song cycle "Clairières dans le ciel" for soprano or tenor which I transposed for alto. Lili Boulanger's music comes from the French impressionist era. This song cycle's content is similar to that of Schubert's "Winterreise" and Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen". The songs deal with the unrequited love for a young girl and the subsequent longing for death. Lili Boulanger deals differently with this topic at the Fin de siècle in Paris than the two german speaking composers. To keep this connection I sing apart from the Lili Boulanger cycle selected songs by Schubert and Mahler for this recital.

PROGRAMME

Franz Schubert Geheimes (Goethe)
(1797-1828) Der Einsame (Lappe)
  Der Musensohn (Goethe)
  Die Taubenpost (Seidl)
  Der Doppelgänger (Heine)

Gustav Mahler (aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'):
(1860-1911) Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt
  Rheinlegendchen
  Das irdische Leben
  Nicht wiedersehen!
  Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert)

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Lili Boulanger Clairières dans le ciel (Francis Jammes)
(1893-1918)  
    1. Elle ètait descendue au bas de la prairie
    2. Elle est gravement gaie
    3. Parfois, je suis triste
    4. Un poète disait
    5. Au pied de mon lit
    6. Si tout ceci n'est qu'un pauvre rêve
    7. Nous nous aimerons tant
    8. Vous m'avez regardé avec toute votre âme
    9. Les lilas qui avaient fleuri
  10. Deux ancolies
  11. Par ce que j'ai souffert
  12. Je garde une médaille d'elle
  13. Demain fera un an

Wiebke Hoogklimmer, Contralto

Patrick Walliser, Piano


Cover Clairieres dans le ciel CD "Clairières dans le ciel"
In July 2003 my CD "Clairières dans le ciel" was published with the so named song cycle by Lili Boulanger - transposed for contralto - and with selected songs by Schubert and Mahler, at the piano Patrick Walliser. The Label is THOROFON (order-nr. CTH 2477). For more informations click on the cover!

  Click here for the next programmes:

  Spring night
  "Der Krieg ist gestorben" ("The War has died")
  Kindertotenlieder
  Lost in the world
  jewish contemporary composers for contralto and percussion, percussion solo and contralto solo
  Love, death, resurection...
  Beautiful Rohtraut
  So near, so far...
  Late summer night's dream
  Weep you no more
  "Winterreise"
  Gypsy songs

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