The Winterreise website (https://winterreise.online), launched just a few short months ago, promptly found an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, unearthing dozens of fellow obsessives on the way. To my immense surprise and gratification, kindred spirits have united in a huge global community, eager to share experiences, ideas, suggestions and material, helping what I have labelled – with suitable modesty – “the ultimate Winterreise resource” to continue to grow and diversify.
People took to heart my exhortation – to feel free to comment and to contribute – and one of the first suggestions to reach me, from several sources, was: “What you have done for Winterreise, would work just as well for Die schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang; would you consider creating a similar resource for those?”
Much as I love these works, I cannot pretend to have had the same relationship with them as I have enjoyed with Winterreise for the better part of my life. I would have to start completely from scratch, so to speak; talk about being caught on the horns of a dilemma! Building and maintaining a website is a time-consuming business, which I have to fit in with work and life in general. But I love and thrive on challenges …
In the end, I did not need all that much persuasion. Given the unprecedented response, I decided to go ahead and use Winterreise as a template for sibling websites; they will all follow the same formula and structure.
So here we are then: Die schöne Müllerin!
I have been known to wax lyrical about the kindness and generosity of creative artists, who – despite often punishing schedules – are always ready to contribute time, advice, constructive criticism and material towards the realisation of these projects. Too many of you to mention individually: a huge and heartfelt thank you to all!!
You will have seen by now that I have used a temporary image for those portfolios for which I do not as yet have images and/or other relevant information. Should you come across a portfolio with incomplete information which you are able to provide, that would be much appreciated.
The resource for the collection of Lieder written by Schubert at the end of his life and published posthumously as Schwanengesang, will follow very soon. Watch this space ….