Professor Rufus Hallmark, a Rutgers University musicologist and Schumann specialist, gives an illustrated pre-concert lecture on the song cycle,Frauenliebe und Leben, which mezzo sopranoJaime Korkos '14 A.D. will perform on her Jordan Hall recital later in the evening. He will be joined by pianist Patricia Au (D.M.A. '15) and student singers who will perform musical examples.
Hallmark, who joined the Rutgers faculty in 2002 and served as Chair of the Music Department till 2005, wrote his dissertation The Genesis of Schumann's "Dichterliebe" on the sketches for Robert Schumann’s song cycle, and has published articles on the songs of Schumann and Schubert in journals, conference reports, and books. His study of the rhetorical figure apostrophe in Schubert's Winterreise appeared in 19th-Century Music in 2011. He is responsible for the critical edition of Schumann's song cycles Dichterliebe and Frauenliebe und Leben for the new complete works of Schumann, and is writing a book on the latter cycle for Cambridge University Press.
During the Schumann bicentennial year (2010) Hallmark presented papers at international conferences in Zwickau and Leipzig—cities prominent in the life of Schumann—and contributed to a panel discussion of Schumann at 200: New Paths at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. He is the editor ofGerman Lieder in the Nineteenth Century (1996; rev. 2009), to which he also contributed the chapter on Schumann’s songs (Robert Schumann: The Poet Sings).
Dr. Hallmark will compare the lesser known settings of Adelbert von Chamisso'sFrauenliebe poems by other composers with the well-known ones of Schumann. The students will be performing excerpts from songs by Carl Loewe, Franz Kugler, Ferdinand Hiller, Heinrich Marschner, and Franz Lachner.