‘Winter Journeyman’ – a contemporary English interpretation of Schubert’s classic song cycle

‘Winter Journeyman’ by Chisha Paszczyk

Schubert’s 24-song cycle Winterreise, completed while he 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 which a young but world-weary narrator recounts his rejection by his fiancée and charts his 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 Polyakov and singer Thomas Beavitt, accompanied by a series of visual interpretations by Chisha Paszczyk.

If you are interested in booking a concert performance of Winter Journeyman or helping to promote a tour, please contact Thomas Beavitt (English) or Alexander Polyakov (Russian).

New English translation of Schubert's Winterreise song cycle set to the original piano accompaniment. Transposed for low voice (baritone). Download
Video playlist of the contemporary English interpretation of Schubert’s iconic song cycle.
Video of premiere concert performance of Winter Journeyman at Dom Muzyki on 19th April 2018
Article about publishing Winterreise published in the Journal of Music Scholarship
Bilingual libretto of Schubert's original Winterreise presented together with a line-by-line singable contemporary English text
{:en}Translation of Dmitry Khanchin's review of Winter Journeyman concert premiere{:}{:ru}Отчет о премьере концерта «Зимний путь»{:}
Humorous promo in which Schubert appears to congratulate the translator of his famous song cycle and ask a few awkward
{:ru} Премьера вокального цикла Ф. Шуберта на стихи В. Мюллера "Зимний путь" в современном переводе на английский язык "Winter Journeyman"