Liebeslieder Waltzes (Brahms)

The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Baptist, 6300 SW Nicol Rd, Portland, OR 97223

Ping & Woof Opera and the Coulter Concert Series present:

Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 and 65

Jocelyn Claire Thomas, soprano
Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano
Scot Crandal, tenor
Zachary Lenox, baritone
Brian Thomas, pianist
Hannah Brewer, pianist

Johannes Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes (Liebeslieder-Walzer) are distributed across two opus numbers: Op. 52 and Op. 65. The waltzes are a collection of love songs in Ländler style for SATB voices and piano four hands. The lyrics for the Liebeslieder come from Georg Friedrich Daumer's Polydora, a collection of folk songs and love poems. While there is no concrete record indicating the exact inspiration for the Waltzes, there is speculation that Brahms' motivation for the songs was his frustrated love for pianist Clara Schumann, composer Robert Schumann's wife.

The Coulter Concert Series has brought amazing musical experiences to St. John’s over the years, from classical singers to Gospel musicians, from the American Boys’ Choir to a Russian choir, from swinging jazz to Broadway belt, from a fully staged production of Hildegard of Bingen’s 12the century masterpiece Ordo Virtutum to the upcoming fully staged production of Jesus Christ Superstar.