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Rebecca Bottone                            6th Feb 2017 at the Library Theatre Map

In anticipation of spring we offer a programme inspired by the words of women writers including Edna St Vincent Millay and Fran Landesman. Katherine Mansfield’s Spring Pictures, with a new score by Richard Sisson, will be read accompanied by violinist Sophie Mather and followed by the coloratura extravagance of Johann Strauss’s Voices of Spring. As part of our Half the World... and More initiative there will be songs from Clara Schumann's Gedichte aus Liebesfrühling. The evening will end with Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und –leben, a work seen by many as representing the ways of a world that demanded the emancipation of women in the 20th century and beyond.

“I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose — there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?” - Clara Schumann, in her diary on 26 November 1839

Johann Strauss – Voices of Spring (8’)

Clara Schumann – Songs from Gedichte aus ‘Liebesfrühling’ Op. 12, nos 2,4 & 11 (9’)

Katherine Mansfield – Spring Pictures (c.20’)

Tommy Wolf – Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (4’)


Jonathan Dove – Five Am’rous Sighs (9’)

Cheryl Frances-Hoad – The Snow Woman (7’)

Robert Schumann – Frauenliebe und –leben (25’)

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Rebecca Bottone - soprano

Richard Sisson - piano

Sophie Mather - violin