Singing Schumann: An Interpretive Guide for Performers

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Singing Schumann is likely to become the standard introduction to some of the best-loved songs in the singer's repertoire. Written by a distinguished performer and internationally known teacher, the book offers astute, practical advice for bringing Robert Schumann's Lieder to life in performance.

Richard Miller guides the reader through the interpretation of all of Schumann's solo and duet songs, drawing thoroughly on Schumann's compositional style and its historical ...

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Overview


Singing Schumann is likely to become the standard introduction to some of the best-loved songs in the singer's repertoire. Written by a distinguished performer and internationally known teacher, the book offers astute, practical advice for bringing Robert Schumann's Lieder to life in performance.

Richard Miller guides the reader through the interpretation of all of Schumann's solo and duet songs, drawing thoroughly on Schumann's compositional style and its historical background. In addition to covering the "familiar forty"--the much-performed songs Schumann composed in and around 1840 while trying to win the hand of Clara Wieck--Miller takes an in-depth look at the lesser known early and later songs. In particular, he focuses on the rich and varied repertoire of Schumann's later years, challenging the conventional view that these works reflect a decline in the composer's creative powers.

Singing Schumann begins with an overview of Schumann as a song composer and then proceeds to survey the entire repertoire, song by song. It features the well-known cycles, including the Eichendorff Liederkreis, Frauenliebe und -leben, and Dichterliebe, as well as the Liederalbum für die Jugend and settings of texts by Goethe, Burns, Rückert, and Kulmann. Using numerous musical examples, Miller uncovers Schumann's characteristic compositional devices and describes his novel and experimental approaches to the interpretation of texts, often achieved through exceptionally colorful keyboard accompaniments.

Musically sensitive and eminently readable, Singing Schumann is an invaluable guide for teachers, coaches, pianists, and singers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Singing Schumann is a strikingly brilliant and remarkably enlightening work, skillfully conceived and lovingly written. Unquestionably the most important treatise on Schumann Lieder to emerge in nearly two decades, it is a masterful blending of keen insight and strong conviction." --Gary Arvin, Professor of Vocal Coaching and Repertoire, Indiana University School of Music

"Professor Miller's knowledge of this field is staggering. . . . I marvel at the author's ability to write clearly, engagingly, and often with humor." --William McIver, Professor of Voice, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195119046
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to his long and distinguished performance career, Richard Miller is internationally known for master classes in systematic vocal technique and artistic interpretation. He is both Director and Professor at the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center at Oberlin College, and has also written several books and articles.

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Table of Contents

1 Robert Schumann as song composer 3
2 Performance practices in the Schumann Lieder 15
3 Liederkreis (Heine), opus 24 21
4 Myrten, opus 25 28
5 Kerner Lieder, opus 35 45
6 Reinick Lieder, opus 36 56
7 Ruckert Lieder (Zwolf Gedichte aus "Liebesfruhling"), opus 37 60
8 Liederkreis (Eichendorff), opus 39 64
9 Funf Lieder (Andersen and Chamisso), opus 40 80
10 Frauenliebe und-leben (Chamisso), opus 42 83
11 Dichterliebe (Heine), opus 48 96
12 Opus 45 and opus 57 115
13 Opus 53 121
14 Some other early Lieder : opuses 27, 30, 31, and 49 124
15 Opus 127 and opus 142 132
16 Opus 51 142
17 Opus 64 145
18 Opus 77 149
19 Liederalbum fur die Jugend, opus 79 154
20 Opus 83 and opus 87 166
21 Opus 89 (von der Neun) and opus 90 (Lenau) 171
22 Drei Gesange (Byron), opus 95, and opus 96 182
23 Lieder und Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister (Goethe), opus 98a 186
24 Sieben Lieder (Kulmann), opus 104, opus 107, and Vier Husarenlieder (Lenau), opus 117 198
25 Opus 119, opus 125, and Maria Stuart Lieder, opus 135 206
26 Solos and duets from the ensemble collections : opuses 29, 34, 37, 43, 74, 78, 79, 101, 103, 112, and 138 213
27 Provenzalisches Lied, #4, Ballade, #7, opus 139, and Der Contrabandiste, opus 74, app 231
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