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Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis and the Genre of the Romantic Cycle - David Ferris

Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis and the Genre of the Romantic Cycle

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2000
ISBN: 9780195124477
Number Of Pages: 288

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Using Schumann's "Eichendorff Liederkreis" as the primary example, this work sheds new light on the structure of 19th-century song cycles and on Schumann's particular response to the problem of musical coherence in large scale works. Drawing on analysis, literary criticism, and source studies, this book argues for a new conception of the 19th-century song cycle. Rather than a unified whole, the cycles are seen as a fragmentary and open-ended form that enabled Schumann to express the romantic themes of transcendence and ineffability in musical terms. The book begins with a general discussion of the cycle as a genre. The heart of the book is a series of closely argued analyses of five of the Eichendorff songs, with particular attention on the relationship between text and music. Ferris concludes by setting the Liederkreis within the context of Schumann's other 1840 song cycles.

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"...ambitious and often provocative study of Schumann's great Eichendorff cycle."--Current Musicology "Ferris's book is a welcome addition to Oxford's 'Schumann Series.' It is refreshing to read a study of the Romantic song cycle whose primary focus is not Dichterliebe....Most of Ferris's musical analysis....grows out of equally poetic analysis. Just as he is able to probe beneath the apparent simplicity of the poetry, so does he locate ambiguities and complexities in Schumann's deceptively simple musical settings."--Music Theory Online "...ambitious and often provocative study of Schumann's great Eichendorff cycle."--Current Musicology "Ferris's book is a welcome addition to Oxford's 'Schumann Series.' It is refreshing to read a study of the Romantic song cycle whose primary focus is not Dichterliebe....Most of Ferris's musical analysis....grows out of equally poetic analysis. Just as he is able to probe beneath the apparent simplicity of the poetry, so does he locate ambiguities and complexities in Schumann's deceptively simple musical settings." --Music Theory Online

Prefacep. vii
The Genre of the Cyclep. 1
Introductionp. 3
Analyzing Dichterliebep. 25
Schumann's Eichendorff Songsp. 89
Poem and Songp. 91
Weak Openingsp. 121
Recompositional Pairingsp. 141
From Songs into Cyclesp. 169
Schumann's Process of Composing a Cyclep. 171
The Song Cycle as a Literary Workp. 195
Notesp. 229
Works Citedp. 259
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780195124477
ISBN-10: 0195124472
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th November 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57

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