Liebeslieder Waltzes (Brahms)

Grace Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97232,Op.52

Ping & Woof Opera presents:

Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 and 65

Performers: 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.