‘Frauenlieben und -leben’

Excerpts from Robert Schumann’s seminal song cycle of love and loss

MONDAY, 22 JUNE 2020 | 2.45PM – 3.00PM

This short programme features two songs from Robert Schumann’s much-loved song cycle, ‘Frauenlieben und -leben’.

‘Er, der Herrlichste’ is notable for its rhythmic drive and conveys the youthful exuberance and euphoria associated with love. Both songs, however, reveal the melancholy felt by the female protagonist: whilst her beloved is ‘hell und herrlich, hehr und fern’ (‘bright and brilliant, distant and sublime’), she believes that she is merely a ‘nied’re Magd’ (‘lowly maid’), unworthy of his love.

This song cycle masterfully conveys the tribulations associated with love, as well as its joys.

About the creators

Maia Jarvis is a second-year student studying Music and English at Royal Holloway.

As well as being a soloist, she is a choral scholar in The Choir of Royal Holloway and has performed at many prestigious events with the group: highlights include a concert with The Sixteen at the Barbican as well as the wedding of Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling. More recently, the choir reached No. 1 in the iTunes Classical Charts with their charity single, ‘Can You Hear Me?’.

Alongside her passion for singing and academia, Maia enjoys writing theatre and music reviews. She is a reviewer for ‘The Student Workshop’, a performance society at Royal Holloway, and has just been elected as Music Rep in their 2020-21 committee.

Robin Popplewell is a second year student at Royal Holloway studying Music.

He takes pride in being an active member of the music department: as well as being a gifted accompanist and a former scholar of The Choir of Royal Holloway, he is an accomplished cellist, having performed concerti with several orchestras in the past season.

Robin was also the Treasurer of Music Society this year and founded the highly successful ‘Royal Holloway Music Society Concert Series’, a two-term programme of bi-weekly concerts which was open to students across all departments.

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