Schubert's Poets and the Making of Lieder

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Schubert's choice of poets has traditionally come under fire for the preponderance of mediocre talent, and yet many of these writers were highly esteemed in their day. The author has chosen four such poets—Gabriele von Baumberg, Theodor Körner, Johann Mayrhofer, and Ernst Schulze—in order to reexamine their lives, works, and Schubert's music to their verse. All four poets were vivid inhabitants of a vivid era, and their tribulations afford us added insight into the upheavals, ...

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Overview

Schubert's choice of poets has traditionally come under fire for the preponderance of mediocre talent, and yet many of these writers were highly esteemed in their day. The author has chosen four such poets—Gabriele von Baumberg, Theodor Körner, Johann Mayrhofer, and Ernst Schulze—in order to reexamine their lives, works, and Schubert's music to their verse. All four poets were vivid inhabitants of a vivid era, and their tribulations afford us added insight into the upheavals, the manners and mores, of their day.

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"Simply stated, the book is interesting from beginning to end. Abundant examples from both poetry and music are included along with copious, information-laden endnotes and a substantial bibliography. This very important book is recommended for comparative literature and German language studies as well as music." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521778626
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. 'The Sappho of Vienna': Gabriele von Baumberg and the disasters of war; 2. The lyre and the sword: Theodor Körner and the lied; 3. Chromatic melancholy: John Mayrhofer and Schubert; 4. En route to Winterreise: Ernst Schulze and the sisterly muses, or a study in Romantic psychopathy.

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