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Brahms and Beyond

The Oxford Song Network (in collaboration with the Oxford Lieder Festival) presented an afternoon of talks by Natasha Loges, Laura Tunbridge, Jennifer Ronyak and Sophie Fuller. Inspired by Natasha Loges's new book, Brahms and His Poets (Boydell, 2017), as well as celebrating the hundredth anniversary of women's suffrage and falling just one day after International Women's Day, these talks explored various facets of gender, society, and the song tradition, from Schumann's settings of female poets, to Brahms' approach to female characters in song poetry, Fanny Hensel’s Heine settings in English translations by Mary Alexander, and the salon world of Maude Valérie White.