The Art Songs of Lazar Weiner
Art songs are short classical pieces with poetic texts, performed by a pianist and a singer. All the heavyweight composers like Mahler, Brahms, Schubert penned cycles of them. Twentieth century composer Lazar Weiner took up the art song, but with a twist: he wrote in Yiddish, and he mined the American immigrant story, anxieties about World War II, and Jewish cultural history for source material.
Boston composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner - Lazar Weiner's son - has been the foremost interpreter of his father's work. He talks to us about studying, recording and performing his father's hundred-plus songs. Wyner recently performed some songs at the Boston Jewish Music Festival.
Yehudi Wyner, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist and conductor