Robert Schumann’s passionate song-cycle Frauenliebe und Leben (1840) is presented here in a double bill with A Woman’s Life and Loves (2002) - the newly created cycle by celebrated poet Sophie Hannah and acclaimed composer Gabriel Jackson.

With newly-written poems, A Woman’s Life and Loves is a contemporary reworking of Robert Schumann’s pioneering Frauenliebe und Leben; a setting of eight poems which follow a young woman’s journey through adulthood, from first love to marriage, pregnancy and unexpected widowhood.

This illuminating and thought-provoking journey of just over an hour’s duration can be extended to a full evening programme as required.

Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42 (1840)

Robert Schumann, Adelbert von Chamisso

  1. Seit ich ihn gesehen
  2. Er, der Herrlichste von allen
  3. Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben
  4. Du Ring an meinem Finger
  5. Helft mir, ihr Schwestern
  6. Süßer Freund
  7. An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
  8. Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan


A Woman’s Life and Loves (2002)

Gabriel Jackson, Sophie Hannah

  1. View
  2. Equals
  3. Postcard
  4. Match
  5. Bridesmaid
  6. Test
  7. Charge
  8. Favourite


Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda in 1962. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral he studied composition at the Royal College of Music with John Lambert, gaining his B.Mus in 1983. His music has been performed and broadcast throughout Europe and the USA and as far afield as Kuwait and Ho Chi Minh City. He has a particular interest in the visual arts, writing major pieces based on works by Richard Long and Ian Hamilton Finlay and curating concerts at Tate Britain and Tate St. Ives; he has also written extensively for voices - songs, consort pieces and choral works and he has collaborated with many of the world’s leading choirs, including the BBC Singers, for whom he is composer in residence and the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

Sophie Hannah was born in Manchester in 1971. Her hugely popular first collection, The Hero and the Girl Next Door is now in its fifth printing and her second, Hotels like Houses received an Arts Council of England’s writers prize. In 2000, she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge and she currently teaches at the Writing School of Manchester Metropolitan University. In addition to her writing, Sophie is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4 and BBC2’s weekly Newsnight Review.

Listen to Cycles

Jackson: A Woman’s Life and Loves

1 View
2 Match
3 Test


Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben

4 Seit ich ihn gesehen
5 Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben
6 Süßer freund