Samson (HWV 57) is a three-act oratorio by George Frideric Handel. It was the first oratorio he wrote after the Messiah. The oratorio deals with the biblical figure Samson and it is also based on “Samson Agonistes” by John Milton. The aria happens at the end of the Oratorio to serve as a happy ending with its joyous flare. The instrumentation has a trumpet doubling the voice throughout the piece as it is eluded in the text of Angel-trumpets. Le Nozze di Figaro is one of Mozart’s most popular operas, with the libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte. Act 2 begins in the bedroom of Countess Rosina Almaviva, where she laments her husband’s perceived infidelity with Susana, her maid, in the aria “Porgi Amour”.
Franz Schubert was one of the most…show more content… This example of lieder is a great example of Romantic poetry dealing with nature and the human condition with emotion. The poetry is by poet Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty.
Clara Schumann paved the way for women composers and was a finer musician than many of her contemporaries. Clara Schumann was renowned in her time, for her outstanding piano skills and her performances as a child prodigy. She composed “Lorelei” in 1843; it is towards the end of her lieder output from the years 1831 to 1853. The text is by German Poet Heinrich Heine, a favorite author among Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. “Die Lorelei” is one of his most popular poems and was set to music by other composers, but Clara’s musical setting has been lovingly referred to as the ‘Female equivalent to “Der Erlkönig.”
Hugo Wolf was another nineteenth-century composer who specialized in lieder. He wrote hundreds of lieder and composed other works, including two operas. His style is linked to the Second Viennese School of Arnold Schoenberg, Alan Berg, and Anton Webern. Wolf’s lieder continually have grand moments of expressiveness. His lieder and compositions have complex harmonic motions; Verschwiegene Liebe especially is harmonically thick all while maintaining its sweetness.
Richard Strauss was a leading German composer that spanned the late nineteenth century into the twentieth century. He is best known for his numerous operas, like Salome and Der