About this playlist
Known as Lieder in German or mélodie in French, art songs can be hard to define. Generally though, they are born of poetry set to music and are performed in a concert setting.
It is through song that music shares the strongest bond with literature. Themes like love and nature have inspired poets and composers of all cultures and ages – Schubert in particular couldn’t stop himself composing and amassed over 600 Lieder in his lifetime! This selection encompasses all the many different themes, cultures and forms that this varied genre can take, finishing up on a hopeful tone on a bright tomorrow to come.