22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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5.17.19 Graduating Student Recital: Fulfilled Love – Lost Love

Friday • May 17, 2019   |   4:30 pm

In Debussy’s famous song cycle Ariettes Oubliées one can find all the extremes of both fulfilled love and lost love. The poet Paul Verlaine describes these perfectly in the last two songs which surprisingly have the English titles Green and Spleen. The first song C’est l’extase is a truly sensuous setting of the satisfaction of love and love-making. On the other hand, Il pleure dans mon coeur describes the numbness of lost love. Schubert’s Suleika is also a love song in which there is a conncetion between nature’s stirring and the stirring of the heart. The poem was supposedly written by Goethe’s mistress. On a carriage ride as she was visiting her beloved.


Friday • May 17, 2019
4:30 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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