An ocean of music can sink into one Lied. Sabine Bergk


Welcome to “Lied can Fly”, one of the first podcasts for contemporary art song worldwide. Nothing can touch our heart as deeply and intensely as a lied. It is a tiny art form, but it can easily travel through centuries.


I am deeply convinced about the importance of lied to our cultural conscience, to our well-being and mental health. A lied is like a tear, but it can be the drop that unfolds the ocean inside.


This podcast is created to bring special people together. It is also created to show that classical songwriting exists.


I believe that lied is important in a world of uncertainty. It can give us hope and be a ray of sunshine for everyday life.


I do not follow any dogmatic new music school. Lied doesn’t need dictatorship. It speaks directly to your heart.


A lied is small, but free.


I hope that you will enjoy my podcast. Let lied fly around the world to find you.


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Lady Dada of Berlin Kreuzberg


Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven was one of the most sparkling figures of the New York Dada. She was born in Swinemünde and became friend with Marcel Duchamp, Peggy Guggenheim and Djuna Barnes. Her poems were published next to James Joyce. The composer Snezana Nesic brought her back to life in her art song "Lady Dada of Berlin Kreuzberg". The outstanding Duo Körber-Wong is performing an exceptional work of art.



Schumann Special


How strong is Schumann's influence on contemporary art song? The composer Moritz Eggert and Sabine Bergk talk about the Schumann phenomena, trying to dive deeply into his complexity and his endless inventions. Moritz assumes that Schumann is the beginning of modern music.



Malika


A love poem, a prayer, en empty space in the air - the composer Sidney Corbett and Sabine Bergk talk about complexity and clarity, loneliness, collaborations and the deep devotion to music. The poem "Malika" is by the Austrian poet Christoph W. Bauer.



The Tired Sun


Friendship and music are based on time. The composer Alexander Keuk and poet Sabine Bergk talk about the development of art, crossing ways in life and their song cycle about a tired but timeless sun.



The white Garden


If life was a white garden, every blossom in it would be like a blanc piece of paper. Poet and podcaster Sabine Bergk and composer Moritz Eggert talk about contemporary Lied production as a steady part of their life. Their mutual Lied "The White Garden", written for bassoon and voice, was initially thought as a birthday present for a friend. While Sabine has never seen the white garden of Vita Sackville-West she indicated in the poem, Moritz visited it.





Guests


Sidney Corbett

Sidney Corbett

Sidney Corbett was born in Chicago in 1960, the son of a Jewish mother and a Catholic father, though he grew up without a religious upbringing. At the end of 1968 the family moved to Los Angeles, California, and from 1974 he began to learn the electric guitar and play in various bands – first blues and rock, later jazz fusion. In 1977, Corbett began writing his first original compositions, short piano pieces in quartal harmony. “For me, the guitar fret-board was a very small universe,” he once said in a SWR feature about his work, “the world is a much larger place.” This realization led him to study music, philosophy and composition at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and then at Yale University, where he earned his doctorate in 1989 with a thesis on Edgar Varèse’s “Hyperprism.” His teachers included Pauline Oliveros, Bernard Rands, Frederic Rzewski, Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, and Morton Subotnick. Personal encounters with Toru Takemitsu and John Cage also made a lasting impression on the young composer. From 1985 to 1988, he was also a member of György Ligeti’s composition class in Hamburg, certainly his most formative influence. Exceedingly strict, Ligeti demanded not only impeccable craftsmanship but also individuality and the constant questioning of all aspects of art.

Moritz Eggert

Moritz Eggert

Moritz Eggert was born in Heidelberg in 1965. After studies in Frankfurt, Munich and London he has expanded his compositional oeuvre constantly, with a special focus on musical theatre (19 operas so far), vocal and instrumental music as well as conceptual and performance works. His work is often exploring extremes, both in the exaggeration of aspects of the musical material and the physicality of the performers. Contrary to the typical image of “serious” academic music, his music often uses irony, parody or satire as the means to engage an audience, but also doesn’t shy away from emotionality or melody when needed. As a blogger (“Bad Blog of Musick”) and author he is a well-known critical voice in contemporary music, very often discussing current topics of cultural politics like #metoo, gender equality or the misuse of power in classical music. Among his best-known works are the cycle “Hämmerklavier” for piano solo and the song cycle “Neue Dichter Lieben”. Eggert is a pianist and has also appeared as a conductor, actor and singer on stage. His current projects include the opera production "Die letzte Verschwörung" (Volksoper Wien), which will premiere in March 2023 and new concertos for percussionist Konstantyn Napolov and violinist/violist Elisabeth Kufferath.

Alexander Keuk

Alexander Keuk

Alexander Keuk (*1971) ist a composer, singer, music journalist and moderator, based in Vienna and Dresden. In his early years, his education included singing, piano, bassoon and music theory. Later on, he studied composition at the university of music "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden with Hans-Jürgen Wenzel and Wilfried Krätzschmar. Keuk got several awards and was a fellow of the Musikfonds of the Deutscher Musikrat and the Kulturstiftung Sachsen. He is a member in several renowned choirs and a founder of the performing arts collective DEI FUNK WuK. His catalogue contains more than 70 compositions, vocal and for orchestra. Recently he had commissions by the MDR Sinfonieorchester and the Dresdner Kammerchor.