Poetry into Song: Performance and Analysis of Lieder

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When Franz Schubert put Goethe's poem "Gretchen am Spinnrade" to music in 1814, he created a musical form that has captivated audiences ever since. In Poetry into Song, Deborah Stein and Robert Spillman challenge readers to seek a richer, more imaginative understanding of Lied - the nineteenth-century German art song. Written for students of voice, piano, and theory and for all singers and accompanists, Poetry into Song establishes a framework for the analysis of song based on a process of performing, listening, ...
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Overview

When Franz Schubert put Goethe's poem "Gretchen am Spinnrade" to music in 1814, he created a musical form that has captivated audiences ever since. In Poetry into Song, Deborah Stein and Robert Spillman challenge readers to seek a richer, more imaginative understanding of Lied - the nineteenth-century German art song. Written for students of voice, piano, and theory and for all singers and accompanists, Poetry into Song establishes a framework for the analysis of song based on a process of performing, listening, analyzing, and performing again. This unique approach emphasizes the reciprocal interaction between performance and analysis. Focusing on the masterworks, Poetry into Song features numerous poetic texts, as well as a core repertory of songs. Examples throughout the text demonstrate points, and end of chapter questions reinforce concepts and encourage directed analysis. While numerous books have been written on Lieder and German Romantic poetry, Poetry into Song is the first to combine performance, musical analysis, textual analysis, and the interrelation between poetry and music in a truly systematic, thorough way.
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"At last! A comprehensive, systematic text about lieder that is couched in analytical poetic and musical language!...This is an important, carefully notated book."--Choice

"More than a compendium of analytical concepts, this is a book that enables you to shape individual interpretations through personal encounter with a lively train of provocative questions and creative experiments."--Elly Ameling

"Stein, a music theorist and Spillman, an active accompanist, have merged their two strengths, the result of which is a pioneering study....it will surely engage not only the singer and pianist, but also the theorist, historian, and anyone else interested in the nineteenth century Lieder. In addition, it will likely become a major resource for teachers and students of vocal literature and pedagogy."--Integral

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199754304
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,315,292
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Stein is Professor of Music Theory, New England Conservatory and author, Hugo Wolf's Lieder and Extensions of Tonality (Rochester, 1985) and editor, Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis (OUP, 2004).
Robert Spillman is Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music and author, Sightreading at the Keyboard (Schirmer, 1990) and Art of Accompanying: Master Lessons from the Repertoire (Schirmer, 1985)

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Elly Ameling and Max Deen Larsen Introduction

Part I: The Language of Poetry
1. Introduction to German Romanticism
2. Devices and Delights in Poetry

Part II: The Language of the Performer
3. Texture
4. Temporality
5. Elements of Interpretation

Part III: The Language of Music
6. Harmony and Tonality
7. Melody and Motive
8. Rhythm and Meter
9. Form in the German Lied
10. Different Settings of a Single Text: Comparison of Compositional Style

Postlude Notes Appendix I: Text Translations Appendix II: Glossary: Terminology for Poetry, Performance, Analysis Appendix III: Selected Bibliography Appendix IV: Repertory by Chapter Appendix V: Scores Not Readily Available

Index

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