Brahms' Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54

Featuring the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, February 28 @ 8 pm



The Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54 is regarded as a masterpiece of Johannes Brahms’ choral works. Based on Friedrich Hölderlin’s epic poem, Hyperion’s Schicksalslied, this masterwork premiered in 1871 in Karlsruhe, Germany. A study in the Romantic period compositional technique of Sturm und Drang (light and darkness), Schicksalslied depicts the classic human journey of the ego that rises above the apparent fate of human life into the soul destiny of transcendence. The intense and highly spiritual nature of Brahms, as well as his ultimate wish as a composer, are made manifest in this work: to create music “that will uplift and benefit humanity - something of permanent value.” Join the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra for Schicksalslied and other inspiring works by the Orchestra including the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Winds featuring faculty soloists Jeanette Zyko (oboe), Sarunas Jankauskas (clarinet), Sue Barber (bassoon) and Ian Zook (horn), as well as Dvorak’s 8th, a sunny and tuneful work with a rousing finale!