Richard Stokes is Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music. His previous books, which include The Book of Lieder, A French Song Companion, The Spanish Song Companion and J.S. Bach. The Complete Cantatas, are much admired by musicians and concert-goers. His English versions of Wozzeck, Lulu, Parsifal and La voix humaine, and his translations from Kafka, Kleist and Jules Renard have also been widely acclaimed.