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Hugo Wolf and his Moerike Songs - Susan Youens

Hugo Wolf and his Moerike Songs

Hardcover Published: 22nd June 2000
ISBN: 9780521651592
Number Of Pages: 203

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Viennese composer Hugo Wolf produced one of the most important song collections of the nineteenth century when he set to music fifty-three poems by the great German poet Eduard Morike. Susan Youens reappraises this singular collaboration to shed new light on the sophisticated interplay between poetry and music in the songs. Wolf is customarily described as 'the Poet's Composer', someone who revered poetry and served it faithfully in his music. Yet, as Youens reveals, this cliche overlooks the rich terrain in which his songs are often at cross purposes with his chosen poetry. Although Wolf did much to draw the world's attention to the neglected Swabian poet, his musical interpretation of the poetry was also influenced by his own life, psychology and experiences. This book examines selected Morike songs in detail, demonstrating that the poems and music each have their own distinctive stories which at times intersect but also diverge.

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"This well-indexed volume...will appeal to students and scholars at the upper-division undergraduate level and above, performers, Wolf devotees, and song-literature lovers." Choice

List of illustrations
'Gottlicher Morike!': an introduction to Eduard Morike and Hugo Wolf
Peregrina revisited: songs of love and madness
Agnes's songs: the fictional misfortunes and musical fortunes of a nineteenth-century madwoman
Sung desire: from Biedermeier Erotica to fin-de-siecle lied
Doubters and believers: case-studies in the geistliche Lieder
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ISBN: 9780521651592
ISBN-10: 052165159X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 22nd June 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.14  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.57

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