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Schumann's Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul : Eastman Studies in Music - Erika Reiman

Schumann's Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul

Eastman Studies in Music

Hardcover Published: 15th April 2004
ISBN: 9781580461450
Number Of Pages: 248

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Robert Schumann frequently expressed his deep admiration for the novels of Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, the late-eighteenth-century German novelist, essayist and satirist. Schumann imitated Jean Paul's prose style in his own fiction and music criticism, and said once that he learned "more counterpoint from Jean Paul than from (his) music teacher". Though musicologists have long acknowledged the importance of this literary-musical relationship,no attempt has been made to explore at length the ramifications of this relationship for Schumann's music.Here is just such an exploration. Drawing on the recent, groundbreaking work in musico-literary analysis of scholars such as Anthony Newcomb, John Daverio, and Lawrence Kramer, the authorembarks on a comparative study of Jean Paul's five major novels and Schumann's piano cycles of the 1830's, many of which are staples in the repertoire of concert pianists today.The present study begins with a thorough review of Jean Paul's literary style, emphasizing the digressions, intertextuality, self-reflexivity, and otherworldliness that distinguish it. The book traces the evolution of this digressive style from the earliest works through Carnaval (1835), perhaps the most enduring and original of Schumann's works of this period, and goes on to examine cycles of the later 1830s: notably Davidsbündlertänze and Faschingsschwank aus Wien. Finally, an analysis of three one-movement works from 1838-1839 revealslinks with Jean Paul's exploration of the idyll, an ancient genre that experienced an eighteenth-century revival.Throughout, the author attempts to keep in mind the actual sound and performed experience of the works, and suggests ways in which an awareness of Jean Paul's style might change the performance and hearing of the cycles. Erika Reiman is active as a pianist and chamber musician, and is an instructor in the Department of Music, Brock University

Industry Reviews

Rich and elegant work . . . this book's fascinating discussion and analysis of Schumann's early piano cycles is not to be missed. Highly recommended. CHOICE

Erika Reiman presents a systematic account of the structural, stylistic, and generic parallels between Schumann's keyboard music of the 1830s and Jean Paul's fictional works, which Schumann first read as a teenager and turned to repeatedly for inspiration throughout the course of his creative life. The most significant connections between composer and novelist are almost certainly to be found at the deeper, structural level, and now, for the first time, we have a thorough exploration of these connections. --John Daverio, Professor of Music, Boston University

An impressive study. NOTES, March 2005

Reiman's topic is fascinating, and she has carried out an enormous amount of investigative and musical-interpretive work. . . . The book is a creative addition to Schumann scholarship focusing on music-literature relationships. NINETEENTH-CENTURY MUSIC REVIEW

The most thorough and comprehensive treatment of Jean-Paul's writings anywhere in the Schumann literature. . . . [Reiman's] underlying argument -- that Schumann's music often takes on the quality of a narrative -- is intuitively appealing. . . [and] may hold the key. MUSIC AND LETTERS [David Ferris]

With more than 100 musical examples, all the passages that are discussed can be directly examined. The analyses that are undertaken are compelling and persuasive. DIE MUSIKFORSCHUNG [Thomas Synofzik]

List of tables
List of musical examples
Introductionp. 1
"Seldom satisfied, but always delighted" : Jean Paul and his novelsp. 9
Digressive dances : Schumann's early cycles : Papillons, op. 2; Intermezzi, op. 4p. 34
Carnaval: redefining convention, transcending boundariesp. 76
Higher and lower forms : Davidsbundlertanze, op. 6; Fantasiestucke, op. 12; Kreisleriana, op. 16; Noveletten, op. 21; Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26; Kinderszenen, op.15p. 124
Schumann's and Jean Paul's idyllic vision : Arabeske, op. 18; Blumenstuck, op.19; Humorescke, op. 20p. 156
Epiloguep. 191
Appendixp. 193
Notesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9781580461450
ISBN-10: 158046145X
Series: Eastman Studies in Music
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 15th April 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54