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A Poet’s Love: It’s Complicated!

  • Live! at 10th & G 945 G Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

Schumann: Dichterliebe
Devony Smith, soprano
Christian Jost: Dichterliebe

Vale Rideout, tenor

Come experience the evolving meaning of love this Valentine’s Day weekend!

Robert Schumann wrote Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love) in 1840 for voice and piano.  The texts for his songs come from poet Heinrich Heine’s Lyrisches Intermezzo.  This song cycle is considered part of the central core of the genre in musical literature.

It gets reinterpreted for 21st century by composer Christian Jost, who rewrote the famous song cycle for his wife, Mezzo soprano Stella Doufexis.In 2014, Stella had previously recorded Dichterliebe, which was unusual since the piece is traditionally sung by a male voice. Tragically, while Jost was writing his “reimagined” version, Stella passed away from an aggressive form of cancer.

Charged with the pain of her death, Christian Jost completed his own version of Dichterliebe in 2019 for voice and 11 instruments, raising essential questions about the nature of creativity and the role played by suffering in art.

Experience the evolving meaning of love as we journey from Schumann’s original Dichterliebe into the modern, deconstructed and deeply personal version of Jost, featuring soprano Devony Smith and tenor, Vale Rideout.


Devony Smith, soprano

Devony Smith, soprano

Vale Rideout, tenor Photo Credit: James Farley

Vale Rideout, tenor
Photo Credit: James Farley

Earlier Event: December 15
Outside the Bachs: A Holiday Concert!
Later Event: February 15
A Poet’s Love: It’s Complicated!