Ye Shall Have a Song

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” –Lewis Carroll

We all know the fun, frustration, angst, and confusion that can be created with a “play on words.” Puns, double entendre, twisting of meaning, taking words out of context are a few of the games that one can play. Even the inflection of a word either solely or in context can vastly change its meaning. We color and shade the meaning of words through the timbre and quality of our voices. When words are associated with emotions, with ideas, with issues of faith and ideology, their interpretations and interpolations are endless.

Our program is designed to demonstrate how composers from different eras have treated similar topics. In some cases identical text has been set by composers centuries apart, as in Victoria and Lauridsen. The different approaches to love songs as set by Brahms in the Romantic style in contrast to the intimacy of the present-day love songs of Whitacre are particularly striking. The intensely moving and personal “I Am In Need of Music” is paired with the theme of this concert “Ye Shall Have a Song”.

The expression of text through music is boundless, and we offer you but a sample of the endless variety of musical interpretations.

“My songs lead but half a life, a paper existence of black-and-white, until music breathes life into them…” –Wilhelm Müller, author of the text for the poems to Schubert’s Wintereisse.