What is »song«? This is the simple and fundamental question behind the concept of »Neuland.Lied«, a project of the Heidelberg International Song Centre. The answer is: almost everything! Songs are the most elementary musical expression of man, his joy and grief, fears and hopes. We find them all over the world and at all times: in England of the seventeenth, Italy of the eighteenth, and in Germany of the nineteenth century, in popular and art music, in classical music as well as in jazz and experimental music. A true wonderhorn will be the long weekend »Neuland.Lied«, full of treasures and surprises!
When the Heidelberger Frühling asked the singers of »Neuland.Lied« 2020 to design concert programs inspired in one way or another by the central idea »On the Move«, all the proposals had one thing in common: they are full of Lied cycles. And indeed: isn’t the Lied cycle the musical form par excellence for being on the road? This is how »Neuland.Lied« becomes a small big Lied cycle festival.
»Neuland.Lied« 2020: April 16th to 19th