We met with some trepidation to do this - a good turnout of about 18 people. Some, if not all, of us were way out of our comfort zone. Personally I’m more Beatles than Schubert, and I’m pretty tone deaf!
We started with Michael Bell singing several verses from the piece - all very gloomy. It’s a tale of a spurned lover, who leaves his love and wanders off, tortured by past memories. There’s lots of dark symbolism. How Michael manages to remember it all in German and capture the mood is completely beyond me! His wife told me he speaks Schubert, but it doesn’t get you very far ordering a meal in Germany. In the afternoon, whilst we were all busy on our pieces, Michael sang all the verses which we hadn’t heard in the morning.
Jennie had brought along an English synopsis of all the verses, which proved invaluable. There are many sites on the Internet with English translations - just look for Winterreisse translation. Anyway, we each chose at least one to use as the basis of our final pieces, to be finished shortly before Christmas. These will be projected during the actual performance which is in January, and the work will also be on display in the Arts Centre Gallery.
Many thanks to Faith for all her pictures of the work in progress done on the day…