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Schubert's Poets and the Making of Lieder - Susan Youens

Schubert's Poets and the Making of Lieder

Paperback Published: 27th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521778626
Number Of Pages: 404

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Lieder began with words, with the composer's discovery of a poet and a poetic work, but the scholarly study of lieder has tended to bypass those origins. Schubert's choice of poets has traditionally come under fire for the preponderance of mediocre talent, and yet many of these writers were highly esteemed in their day. In her highly acclaimed study, Susan Youens has chosen four such poets - Gabriele von Baumberg, Theodor Koerner, Johann Mayrhofer and Ernst Schulze - in order to re-examine their lives, works, and Schubert's music to their verse. All four poets were vivid inhabitants of a vivid era, and their tribulations afford us added insight into the upheavals, the manners and mores, of their day.

'Susan Youens is a gifted author who cannot write a dull word ... Her sympathy with these various poets and their touching foibles, madnesses, and heroic romanticism is absolutely unforced ... This brilliant book should become the travelling companion not only of singers, but also of all those who have a passion for a fascinating period.' Robert Tear, The Oldie 'Youens's book contains useful studies of four poets whom Schubert chose to set. They lend depth to our understanding of the literary culture in which Schubert lived, bringing back to life poets who would otherwise remain faceless.' Ian Bostridge, The Times Literary Supplement 'It is a measure of success of this important new study that the songs which are the object of such close scrutiny will never sound quite the same to the reader-listener. We shall hear them, both words and music, with greater understanding, growing admiration and continuing affection.' Paul Reid, The Schubertian

The Sappho of Vienna
The lyre and the sword
Chromatic melancholy
En route to Winterreise
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ISBN: 9780521778626
ISBN-10: 052177862X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 27th December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.69 x 17.55  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.66