German Secular Song-Books of the Mid-Seventeenth Century: An Examination of the Texts in Collections of Songs Published in the German-Language Area between 1624 and 1660 / Edition 1

German Secular Song-Books of the Mid-Seventeenth Century: An Examination of the Texts in Collections of Songs Published in the German-Language Area between 1624 and 1660 / Edition 1

by Anthony J. J. Harper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754606422

ISBN-13: 9780754606420

Pub. Date: 03/01/2003

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

The secular song of the seventeenth century represents a relatively neglected area of German culture. In this book Anthony J. Harper first studies the songs of the two great models of the time, Martin Opitz and Paul Fleming, following this by an analysis of the song-books and collections from three regions: the North-East, Central Germany, and the North. The procedure

Overview

The secular song of the seventeenth century represents a relatively neglected area of German culture. In this book Anthony J. Harper first studies the songs of the two great models of the time, Martin Opitz and Paul Fleming, following this by an analysis of the song-books and collections from three regions: the North-East, Central Germany, and the North. The procedure is thus both historical and geographical. The texts of these songs are examined in relation to structural principles, thematic range and stylistic treatment.

Harper establishes common features and regional variations of this genre, which involves love-poetry, songs of manners with colourful portrayals of everyday life, and comic songs in a lower stylistic register. Particular attention is paid to the work of Albert and Dach in Königsberg, Finckelthaus, Schirmer, Krieger and Schoch in Leipzig and Dresden, and Rist, Voigtländer, Zesen, Greflinger and Stieler in the Hamburg region.

Where appropriate, the book assesses the role of musical settings, while not seeking to offer technical insights into musical matters. Of value to scholars of German literature, this study will also be of interest to musicologists working on the Renaissance and Baroque periods.


About the Author:
Anthony J. Harper, University of Strathclyde, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754606420
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction
Pan-German models: Opitz and Fleming
The North-East
Central Germany
Hamburg and the North
Concluding review
Bibliography of primary sources
Bibliography of reference works and secondary literature
Index.

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