"A character in Willa Cathers work says that religion and artand in the end they are the same thinghave given mankind the only true happiness it has ever known."
That opportunity came to me here at Wabash when I worked for four years
with Michael Belnap, then our Glee Club coach and now a faculty member
at the Indiana University School of Music. My instincts were good, I think,
and when I acquired the technique to support them I emerged as a lyric
baritone singing major parts with my choral group in Lafayette, Ind.,
the semi-professional Bach Chorale.
But the most rewarding part of my new career has been an ongoing collaboration
with Marc Loudon, a distinguished organic chemist at Purdue University
who is also a pianist of professional achievement. We have worked together
now on several Lieder projects, and it is one of them, the Dichterliebe
of Robert Schumann, that I will remember most warmly. I had the chance
to talk about the cycle with the Swedish baritone Haaken Hagegaard at
a week-long song festival in Cleveland, and Marc and I coached it at IU
with Leonard Hokanson, one of Arthur Schnabels last students, and
a celebrated accompanist of such famous singers as the late Hermann Prey.
As a literary scholar, I had to think about what the poetry of Heine
meant, and then Marc and I had to decide how we could come to a common
interpretation that might do some small justice to Schumanns miraculous
David Kubiak is professor of classics at Wabash and a frequent contributor to Classical Singer magazine.