Love's Joy // Love's Sorrow

An evening of music and poetry
  • Performers : 5 musicians, actor
  • Themes : poetry, turn of century German romanticism, love, loss
  • Running Time : 60 mins
  • Age suitability 14+
  • Pre-Concert talk available Yes


Reading - A Lovesong by Franz Werfel
Fritz Kreisler - Liebesfreud/Liebesleid for piano trio
Reading - Silence by Gustav Falke
Anton Webern - Quartet, Op.22 for mixed quartet
Reading - Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night) by Richard Dehmel
Arnold Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht, Op.4 arranged for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann

Eduard Steuermann was a highly accomplished pianist, who played in the first performance of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. It is his beautiful arrangement of Verklärte Nacht for piano trio that Auricle plays in this programme, alongside the poem on which it is based, by Richard Dehmel. The highly dramatic text is performed by one of Auricle's regular collaborators, actor Joanna Tope.

The programme is completed by Webern's Quartet for violin, clarinet, saxophone and piano and Kreisler's 'Liebesfreud - Liebesleid', from which this project gets its name

Joanna Tope studied for a degree in Drama at Manchester University and spent the following ten years in the Repertory movement in Britain which included creating roles in plays by Alan Ayckbourn, Edward Bond and Henry Livings . She enjoyed a stint on Emmerdale Farm amongst her TV and radio credits at that time. She married and came to live in Scotland and has since appeared frequently at the Citizens' , where she created roles for Robert David Macdonald and Clare Venables, the Royal Lyceum and the Traverse . She premiered the one-woman 'Promises Promises' by Douglas Maxwell in which , as 'The Promise', she was nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award. Maxwell's two- hander 'A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity' also played at E59 Theater in New York as well as the Traverse . Other companies she has worked for include Random Accomplice , Stellar Quines, Lung Ha and The Auricle Ensemble. Recent experiences have been appearing in 'Still Game Live Show 2' at the Glasgow Hydro and Gary McNair's 'Locker Room Talk' at Latitude Festival and the Edinburgh Festival and a Scottish tour of 'Horizontal Collaboration' with Fire Exit. Radio work is prolific and she has recorded plays, Books at Bedtime , Books of the Week, Short Stories and several Audio Books ..

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