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HENRY GOODMAN Actor

A musical and poetic exchange between Clara and Robert Schumann:
ROBERT SCHUMANN 3 Romances Op.94 for oboe and piano
ROBERT SCHUMANN Märchenbilder Op.113 for viola and piano
CLARA SCHUMANN 3 Romances Op.22 for violin and piano

Poetry Reading T S ELIOT Burnt Norton from The Four Quartets
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in A minor Op.132  

There has been much speculation regarding a supposed love-triangle involving Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. This sequence of poetry and music takes the narrative to an earlier, happier age, when Robert and Clara finally overcame the barriers put up by Clara’s father in an attempt to thwart the marriage intentions of the young lovers.

"There is a sort of heavenly, or at least more than human gaiety, about some of [Beethoven’s] later things… I should like to get something of that into verse before I die." T S Eliot

 

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Running time: About 2 hours and 15 minutes (including a 15 minute interval)
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