Romantic Lieder and the Search for Lost Paradise

Romantic Lieder and the Search for Lost Paradise

by Marjorie W. Hirsch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521845335

ISBN-13: 9780521845335

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The archetypal myth of lost paradise, found in both civilized and primitive cultures throughout history, was central to Englightenment and Romantic thought, influencing philosophical, literary, artistic, and musical works. This book explores manifestations of the lost paradise myth in Lieder by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, and other nineteenth-century…  See more details below

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The archetypal myth of lost paradise, found in both civilized and primitive cultures throughout history, was central to Englightenment and Romantic thought, influencing philosophical, literary, artistic, and musical works. This book explores manifestations of the lost paradise myth in Lieder by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, and other nineteenth-century composers, with emphasis on works conveying nostalgia for classical antiquity, childhood, and folk song. Through a series of autonomous yet interrelated studies, Marjorie Hirsch examines the myth's influence on the origins and development of the Romantic Lied. The book thus takes a thematic approach to the study of Romantic Lieder, with introductory sections supplying historical context for analyses of individual songs, or small groups of songs, expressing nostalgia for lost paradise in various guises.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521845335
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     viii
List of tables     ix
List of examples     x
Acknowledgments     xii
Introduction: Seeking lost paradise     1
The Lost World of Antiquity     25
Schubert's Greek revival     33
Goethe, Wolf, and the lure of immortality     63
The Lost World of Childhood     101
Sleep and death in Schubert's lullabies     111
Brahms's spiral journey back home     140
The Lost World of Folk Song     173
Schubert's songs-within-songs     182
On wings of song from Reichardt to Mahler     214
Notes     246
References     286
Index     303

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