The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Bard Music Festival 2014

Weekend One: August 8–10

The Making of a Romantic Legend

Schubert’s early life and career are juxtaposed with the music of his contemporaries, trends in Vienna, the development of the art song, the legacy of Beethoven, and the new post-1815 rage for Italian opera and the virtuoso performer. Schubert’s hospitalization in 1823 for syphilis, Schumann’s posthumous advocacy in 1839 of the “Great” C-Major Symphony, and the first performance of the “Unfinished” in 1865 are the milestones that frame the first weekend. The concerts explore the obsession with Schubert from the year of his death to the centennial in 1928, Schubert’s connections to local culture and his debt to the classical tradition. The weekend concludes with a double bill of rarities: one of Schubert’s stage works and Franz von Suppé’s hit musical from 1864 based on Schubert’s music.

Weekend Two: August 15–17

A New Aesthetics of Music

Starting with a focus on the last two years of the composer’s life, this weekend considers the nature of Schubert’s originality, his exploration of form, harmony, and the connection of words and music. How did the character and function of music change as the economic landscape was transformed by industrialization and political life became marked by repression and a network of spies and censors? Schubert’s legacy and influence are considered through music for men’s choir, works written for and by Schubert’s closest friends, Schubert’s late piano sonatas, his sacred music, and a performance of the opera Fierrabras.

Past Festivals and Book Series

2013

Stravinsky and His World, Edited by Tamara Levitz

2012

Camille Saint-Saëns and His World, Edited by Jann Pasler

2011

Jean Sibelius and His World, Edited by Daniel M. Grimley

2010

Alban Berg and His World, Edited by Christopher Hailey

2009

Richard Wagner and His World, Edited by Thomas S. Grey

2009

Brahms and His World, Special expanded edition, Edited by Walter Frisch and Kevin Karnes

2008

Sergey Prokofiev and His World, Edited by Simon Morrison

2007

Edward Elgar and His World, Edited by Byron Adams

2006

Franz Liszt and His World, Edited by Christopher H. Gibbs and Dana Gooley

2005

Aaron Copland and His World, Edited by Judith Tick and Carol J. Oja

2004

Shostakovich and His World, Edited by Laurel E. Fay

2003

Janáček and His World, Edited by Michael Beckerman

2002

Mahler and His World, Edited by Karen Painter

2001

Debussy and His World, Edited by Jane Fulcher

2000

Beethoven and His World, Edited by Scott Burnham and Michael P. Steinberg

1999

Schoenberg and His World , Edited by Walter Frisch

1998

Tchaikovsky and His World, Edited by Leslie Kearney

1997

Haydn and His World, Edited by Elaine Sisman

1996

Charles Ives and His World, Edited by J. Peter Burkholder

1995

Bartók and His World, Edited by Peter Laki

1994

Schumann and His World, Edited by R. Larry Todd

1993

Dvořák and His World, Edited by Michael Beckerman

1992

Richard Strauss and His World, Edited by Bryan Gilliam

1991

Mendelssohn and His World, Edited by R. Larry Todd

1990

Brahms and His World First Edition, Edited by Walter Frisch

History of the Festival

Leon Botstein, Christopher H. Gibbs, and Robert Martin, Artistic Directors

The Bard Music Festival was founded in 1990 to promote new ways of understanding and presenting the history of music to a contemporary audience. Each year, a single composer is chosen as the main subject. The biography of the composer, the influences and consequences of that composer's achievement, and all aspects of the musical culture surrounding the time and place of the composer's life are explored. Perhaps the most important dimensions of the festival are the ways in which it links music to the worlds of literature, painting, theater, philosophy, and politics and brings two kinds of audience together: those with a long history of interest in concert life and first-time listeners, who find the festival an ideal place to learn about and enjoy the riches of our musical past.

2014 Event Schedule

Friday, August 8, 2014
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program One
The Legacy of a Life Cut Short
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Ticket: $25–$60
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Olin Hall
Panel One
Invention and Reinvention: Who was Schubert?
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Free and open to the public
Saturday, August 9, 2014
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Two
From "Boy" to Master: The Path to Erlkönig
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Tickets: $35
Saturday, August 9, 2014
5:00 pm
Olin Hall
Special Event
The Song Cycle as Drama: Winterreise
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Tickets: $35
Saturday, August 9, 2014
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Three
Mythic Transformations
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Tickets $25–$75
Sunday, August 10, 2014
10:00 am
Olin Hall
Program Four
Goethe and Music: The German Lied
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Tickets: $30
Sunday, August 10, 2014
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Five
Before Unspeakable Illness
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Tickets: $35
Sunday, August 10, 2014
5:30 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Six
Schubert and Viennese Theater
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Tickets $25–$60
Friday, August 15, 2014
3:00 pm
Olin Hall
Special Event
The "Path toward a Grand Symphony": Schubert's Octet
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Tickets: $20
Friday, August 15, 2014
5:00 pm
Olin Hall
Special Event
Schubert's Kosegarten Liederspiel
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Tickets: $20
Friday, August 15, 2014
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Seven
Beethoven's Successor?
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Tickets $25–$60
Saturday, August 16, 2014
10:00 am
Olin Hall
Panel Two
Music's "Far Fairer Hopes": Originality and Influence
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Free and open to the public
Saturday, August 16, 2014
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Eight
The Music of Friendship
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Tickets: $35
Saturday, August 16, 2014
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Nine
Late Ambitions
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Tickets $25–$75
Sunday, August 17, 2014
10:00 am
Olin Hall
Program Ten
Fellowship of Men: The Male Choral Tradition
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Tickets: $30
Sunday, August 17, 2014
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Eleven
The Final Months
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Tickets: $35
Sunday, August 17, 2014
4:30 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Twelve
Schubert and Opera
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Tickets $25–$60