The Lied: Mirror of Late Romanticism

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The German lied, a song form that fuses music and poetry, provides a key to understanding musical and cultural history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the first comprehensive study of the late-romantic lied, Edward F. Kravitt shows how this popular genre mirrored far-reaching cultural changes of the period, when tensions in artistic politics pitted tradition against innovation, naturalism against universalism. Kravitt surveys five major composers - Wolf, Mahler, Strauss, Pfitzner, and Reger - as well as the young Schoenberg and dozens of lesser-known figures, such as Engelbert Humperdinck and Joseph Haas. He examines the composers' changing attitudes toward musical and poetic structure, their reasons for turning to the lied, performance practices of the day, the cultural background of the various types of lieder (such as folksong, ballad, and kinderlieder) and melodrama, and the aesthetic principles underlying them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300063653
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Acknowledgments
Pt. I Introduction: The Fin de Siecle - Modernism versus Tradition
1 Innovation 3
2 Preservation of Tradition 17
3 End of the Romantic Era 35
Pt. II The Disparate Aesthetic: Naturalism, Nationalism, Symbolism, and Other Trends
4 Declamation 51
5 Naturalistic Description and the Reaction It Provoked 75
6 The Height of Naturalism in Music: The Actor and Musician in Collaboration 87
7 Pan-German Nationalism 106
8 The Ballad and the Kinderlied 124
9 The Twilight of Late Romanticism 142
Pt. III The Unifying Aesthetic
10 Expressive Aesthetics in Performance 177
11 Structural Principles and the Common Aesthetic 199
12 Late-Romantic Expansiveness 229
Notes 347
Glossary 297
Select Bibliography 305
Index 315
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