A Romantic Recital: Senior vocal performance held in Piedmont chapel

By ALEXANDRA SMITH

Staff Writer

On Saturday, April 6, music major Lindsey Brakhage held her senior recital in the Chapel at Piedmont. 

Accompanied by Donna James, Brakhage performed 14 songs that ranged from the early 18th century to mid 20th century pieces in German and English. 

Each song represented a piece of Lindsey’s journey to this destination of her senior recital. 

Brakhage began with a song entitled “With Venture Clad” from “The Creation,” composed by Franz Joseph Hayden. 

“The Creation” was formatted similarly to Handel’s “Messiah,” a well-know Christmas favorite. 

For the next few selections, the mood shifted to romantic songs. 

Much like in life, the romance didn’t last, and after a short break, Brakhage shared her spotlight with fellow senior music major Lily Landeros. 

Landeros, whose concert was early this semester, sang the duet with Brakhage entitled “Duetto Buffo di due Gatti,” which translates to “Comic Duet for Two Cats.” 

The duet put a twist on a struggle between two harmonies sung by each of the women. 

The struggle between the duelists comes not only from the shared spotlight, but from the way the notes literally go back and forth in a fight for precedence. 

After the comic relief of the duet, Brakhage continued the rest of her recital as a solo performer. She performed two sets of songs with three songs in each set. 

The first set was by Johannes Brahms from the 19th century. Brahms is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic Era. 

This set of songs utilized warm, melodic lines and a splendid supporting figuration by the piano. 

The second set, by Samuel Barber, used a lot of symbolism in the lyrics. In the first song of the set, Barber used a rose as a representation of love. 

The second compares pianos to cows, and the last portrays the beauty of nature as the sun sets. 

Brakhage’s last selection was a set of two songs that contain text from two famous poets, Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes. 

The first song in this set portrays the search for the morning to break the gloom, and the second depicts pure joy. 

“I feel relieved, but also like I could do it again. It’s something I have been preparing for a long time so its surreal that it is over,” said Brakhage.

“For me, the performance went great. About the third song in, the nerves start to wear off, and you can remember how to sing correctly again.” 

The songs that Lindsey selected were fitting for her vocal range and were selected by her professor, John Pilkington, for her approval. 

She was also able to give each song its own personality, depending on the lyrics and mood of each song. 

“I’m a sucker for a sad, slow melody, which [basically dominated] my recital,” said Brakhage.