The Inspirational Beauty of the Rhineland
Robert Schumann’s 1849 trip through the Rhineland with wife Clara that “felt like a pilgrimage” as they traveled through the castle-bedecked countryside, inspired his Rhenish Symphony. Eugen D’Albert was inspired to write his remarkable Cello Concerto by Schumann’s eponymous work.
Symphony No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 97 “Rhenish”
Cello Concerto in C Major, Op. 20
MusicaNova Composition Fellow
The Building of a City (2019) Arizona Premiere
Sam Wu’s music deals with the beauty in blurred boundaries. From Shanghai, China, Sam (b. 1995) attended The Juilliard School for his M.M., after receiving an A.B., with honors, from Harvard University. A multiple award winner, Sam’s music has been performed across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
“I explore and seek inspiration in non-Western musical traditions, even as I write and perform works within the classical lineage. I am interested in bridging apparent differences between cultures and musicians, and in doing so, seeking the subcutaneous common ground that we share as human beings.”