The story behind 'The Erlkonig'
J. Erik Anderson, associate music professor, will explore "the story behind the story" of Schubert's classic "The Erlkonig" in a Northwest Art Center lecture series presentation Tuesday (Nov. 5) in Aleshire Theater at 7 p.m.
In 1815, a teenage Franz Schubert set to music a poem by Goethe about a father and his young son and their encounter with the evil Elf-King. Schubert's dramatic musical re-telling of this tale has become a classic for solo voice and piano.
"Everyone loves a good story," Anderson said. "Whether told around a campfire, on a stage, in writing or on a cable television series, humans have always been drawn to the development of characters and the opportunity to experience the world through the exploits of another."
Anderson will use "The Erlkonig" to illustrate how musical language and symbolism can enhance a story's drama.
Anderson teaches private low strings, string methods, music theory and aural skills at MSU. He is the Minot Symphony Orchestra principal cellist, MSU String Ensemble co-director and Dakota Chamber Music artistic director. The lecture is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the program. Due to construction on 11th Avenue NW, visitors should park in the loop south of Old Main, in the lots near the university library or east of the Administration Building.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.