Mojca Vedernjak - Mezzo-soprano & Stefka Perifanova - piano
Songs by Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann, Pauline Viardot, Luise Greger, Dora Pejačević, Alma Mahler
née Mendelssohn (1805 Hamburg – 1847 Berlin): pianist, composer and conductor. 1836/37 – Three Songs on Poems by Lord Byron, “What alone pervades all this poetry is the violence of its rhythm, the wonderful sound of its verses in this resurgent language that is the deeply poetic of its whole being” (E. Weissweiler “Fanny Mendelssohn, Ein Portrait”). Fanny’s Oeuvre contains over 450 compositions of various genres.
née Wieck (1819 Leipzig – 1896 Frankfurt/Main): pianist, composer, editor and teacher. In 1841 the Schumanns’ album “Liebesfrühling” was released. “Liebst du um Schönheit” is one of Clara’s songs. The songs “O weh des Scheidens” and “Am Strande” were Clara’s birthday and Christmas presents written for her husband Robert.
née Garcia (1821 Paris – 1910 Paris): singer, pianist, composer, publisher and singing teacher. She inspired Schumann, Chopin, Berlioz, Liszt and Meyerbeer and promoted the careers of Saint-Säens, Massenet, Fauré and Gounod. She wrote over 100 songs, various choral and chamber music works, some operas and operettas. In the Mörike-Lieder, composed in 1865, her scenic thinking and her great musical joy are clearly audible.
(1885 Budapest – 1923 Munich): composer, pianist and violinist. From an aristocratic family, she maintained a lively intellectual exchange with A. Ripper, C. Rilke-Westhof, R. M. Rilke, A. Kolb and K. Kraus, among others. Very critical of her class, she worked as a volunteer in a hospital camp during WWI. Her very personal “Drei Gesänge” op. 53 on Nietzsche’s texts is one of her last works. Her oeuvre of 58 works ranges from chamber music for various instruments to orchestral works.
née Sumpf (1862 Greifswald – 1944 Merxhausen): the singer, pianist and composer was rediscovered in the late 1990s. She has composed over 100 songs. Until the 1930s her music was very popular in Europe. Her works were self-released as well as published by a publisher Walter Simon. In 2017 the complete orchestral score of her fairytale opera “Gänseliesel” (premiere 1933, Baden-Baden) has been rediscovered in Kassel.
née Schindler (1879 Vienna – 1964 New York): Composing was her means of self-expression, only performing as a pianist and composer in semi-public settings such as “Musiksalons”. In 1910, during a severe marital crisis, her husband Gustav Mahler had her “Fünf Lieder” published. The song “In meines Vaters Garten” can be regarded as Alma’s musical memory of her childhood. From more than 100 songs and various instrumental works, 17 songs are known today.
For free: Download this Timeline (compiled by Mojca Vedernjak): pv105_Timeline.pdf
• Eva Weissweiler: Clara Schumann, dtv (Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag)
• Matthias Henke: Clara Schumann „Mit zerrissenem Herzen“- Econ Ullstein List Verlag
• Beatrix Borchard: Clara Wieck und Robert Schumann – Bedingungen künstlerischer Arbeit in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts - Furore Edition
• Beatrix Borchard: Ein Salon auf Reisen http://mugi.hfmt-hamburg.de - Mit Pauline Viardot unterwegs zwischen Nordsee und Breisgau
• Beatrix Borchard: Fülle des Lebens, Böhlau Verlag
• Pauline Viardot catalogue: http://www.pauline-viardot.de/Werkverzeichnis
• Pauline Viardot: www.pauline-viardot.de - Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
• Davor Merkaš: Österreichisch-kroatische Gesellschaft, www.oekg.at
• Koraljka Kos aus Dora Pejačević: Popijevke / Songs / Lieder
Muzički informativni centar Koncertne direkcije Zagreb – Croatian Music Information Centre
• Luise Greger: Furore Verlag, Wikivisually.com, www.greger-luise.de
• Astrid Seele: Alma Mahler – Werfel – Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag
• Alma Mahler - Werfel: Mein Leben – Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag
• Jens Malte Fischer: aus Gustav Mahler – Der fremde Vertraute
(Wien Neunzehnjahrhundert - Alma, eine junge Frau) – dtv (Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag), Bärenreiter Verlag
• Christiane Ebeling: Alma Mahler - Werfel. Einige Aspekte zu Leben und Werk –
• Wikipedia https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Mahler-Werfel
Mojca Vedernjak (right) & Stefka Perifanova (left)