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Freaky Franzi's Schubertapalooza

for male voice and piano

Year:  2021   ·  Duration:  7m 30s
Instrumentation:  tenor/baritone voice, piano

Year:  2021
Duration:  7m 30s
Instrumentation  tenor/baritone voice, piano

Composer:   Robbie Ellis

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 7–9, 14–15, 18–19, and 27 of score

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Quite a lot of Franz Schubert’s Lieder were about romantic relationships. Heck, he wrote two whole song cycles which were basically concept albums about bad breakups. Schubert also had a particular preoccupation with fish: at least a dozen songs in his oeuvre deal with fish, fishermen, fisherladies, fishing poles, etc.

Conclusion: had Tinder been around in 1820s Vienna, Franz would have been all over that app. Furthermore, his first photo would have been him holding a trout. Freaky Franzi’s Schubertapalooza is a megamix of fifteen of Franz’s most famous Lieder, parodying German and English lyrics into a comedically self-unaware Tinderreise.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Fourth Coast Ensemble

Difficulty note

This work is suitable for comedy-inclined performers

Text note

Lyrics by Robbie Ellis after Wilhelm Müller, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Eduard von Bauernfeld, Ludwig Rellstab, Matthäus von Collin, Friedrich Rückert, August Wilhelm von Schlegel, Christian Schubart, and William Shakespeare