If Winter comes: Musical Inspirations

If Winter Comes tells the story of LUKE, a young, gay, black man recently diagnosed with HIV in the 1990s who drives to Vermont to see for one last time his college lover, CHAD, now a committed, fundamentalist Christian with a wife and child.

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Inspirational Songs

These are songs, arias, musical scenes and song cycles which have inspired the characters and themes of If Winter Comes.

Larson, Jonathan

Purcell, Henry

Schubert, Franz

  • An den Mond,” D. 256 (1815). Franz Schubert setting of a poem by Goethe. I have copied the full text here with some of my thoughts and you can view various versions of D 256 on YouTube here.

Strauss, Richard

  • Vier letzte Lieder. Strauss’ Four Last Songs is a reflection on Autumn, love and death. No wonder it inspires If Winter Comes!

Wagner, Richard

  • Prelude and Liebestod of Tristan und Isolde. I love the Prelude and Liebestod of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, especially when the Liebestod is sung by Jessye Norman. I also like versions which include the Prelude and a singer on the Liebestod like the one with Kirsten Flagstad.

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