Session/Séance 5l: MusCan Mini-Concert. Friday/vendredi 26 May 2017. 1:00PM-1:30PM, Walter Hall, EJB.
Vocal Works by Oskar Morawetz and John Beckwith
Jane Leibel, soprano / Maureen Volk, piano (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
This mini-concert features songs by two distinguished Canadian composers, Oskar Morawetz and John Beckwith. Oskar Morawetz’s Sonnets from the Portuguese is a set of four songs with texts by Elisabeth Barrett Browning, whose husband sometimes referred to her as his “little Portuguese.” Written in 1955, these musical settings reflect Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s feelings of unworthiness in her love for Robert Browning. John Beckwith’s Stacey, written in 1997, is a sung monologue – a one-character mini-opera – based on passages from Margaret Laurence’s 1969 novel The Fire-Dwellers. Stacey McAindra, the central character, is a middle-class wife and mother in the 1960s. The honesty and earthiness of Margaret Laurence’s heroine, Stacey, is vividly captured by Beckwith’s range of musical expression.