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Tyler Duncan, baritone Erika Switzer, piano Illustrated talk by Nicholas Chong

Songs by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Viktor Ullmann, Jean-Émile-Paul Cras, Darius Milhaud, Iman Habibi

The great Goethe, when in his sixties, fell under the spell of Hafiz, the 14th-century Persian poet. Hafiz’s poetry inspired Goethe to create the ‘West-Östlicher Divan’ – a collection of love poems, epigrams and drinking songs. Goethe’s life-intoxicated verses inspired composers such as Robert Schumann, while poems of Hafiz were set to music by Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss and Viktor Ullmann. The spell spread outside the German-speaking lands, drawing in the very different sensibilities of Jean Cras and Darius Milhaud. Join us as we explore Europe’s century-long love affair with the Orient through poetry, painting and song.

Venue: Bohemian National Hall

321 E 73rd Street Map
(6-46)- 422-3300