‘Winter Journeyman’ – a contemporary English interpretation of Schubert’s classic song cycle
Schubert’s 24-song cycle Winterreise, completed while he
literally lay dying at the age of 31, has been called his “swansong” and the “defining
masterpiece” of the Lieder genre.
Reinterpreted many times since its first performance in 1828, the
cycle, in whicha young manrecounts his rejection by his fiancée and psychological development as he
journeys through a stark winter landscape, has now been translated into a
contemporary English version by the Scottish translator-singer Thomas Beavitt.
As well as presenting a literary, singable and contemporary English version of the classic cycle, Winter Journeyman encompasses a new musical interpretation by the award-winning Russian pianist Alexander Polakov and singer Thomas Beavitt and a series of visual interpretations by the American artist Chisha Paszczyk.