Schumann's Dichterliebe and Early Romantic Poetics: Fragmentation of Desire

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Schumann's famous song cycle Dichterliebe of 1840 is one of the most enigmatic works in the Western musical repertoire. This book employs Romantic poetics and recent critical thought to help explain the mysterious magnetism of this essentially fragmentary work. A musico-poetic analysis demonstrates the voice of the "Other" and presents Schumann as the "second poet of the poem" when setting Heine's famous Lyrisches Intermezzo. Methodologically, the analysis attempts to synthesize philosophical, literary-critical, music-analytical and psycho-analytical modes of thought.

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"Including wide-ranging discussions of the aesthetic potentials of the interrelations of musical and written languages, this book will best serve specialists." Choice
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Beate Julia Perrey is Junior Research Fellow in Music at Christ's College Cambridge. She writes on music, art and poetry.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Early Romantic Forms of Difference: 1. Introduction; 2. The Romantic fragment; 3. Romantic irony; 4. Reflection, language and music; 5. Theories of song: Schumann's 'higher sphere of art'; Part II. Heine's Signature of Modernity: The Lyrisches Intermezzo: 6. Introduction; 7. Heine, the Romantics and disenchantment; 8. Endings, cuts, cyclicity; 9. Heine's imago of a woman; 10. The genesis of the Buch der Lieder; Part III. The Poetics of Dichterliebe: 11. Introduction; 12. Schumann's reception of Heine and the Buch der Lieder; 13. Musico-poetic analysis; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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