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Retracing a Winter's Journey - Franz Schubert's "Winterreise" (Paperback): Susan Youens Retracing a Winter's Journey - Franz Schubert's "Winterreise" (Paperback)
Susan Youens
R636 R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Save R70 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

I like these songs better than all the rest, and someday you will too, Franz Schubert told the friends who were the first to hear his song cycle, Winterreise. These lieder have always found admiring audiences, but the poetry he chose to set them to has been widely regarded as weak and trivial. In Retracing a Winter's Journey, Susan Youens looks not only at Schubert's music but at the poetry, drawn from the works of Wilhelm Muller, who once wrote in his diary, "perhaps there is a kindred spirit somewhere who will hear the tunes behind the words and give them back to me "

Youens maintains that Muller, in depicting the wanderings of the alienated lover, produced poetry that was simple but not simple-minded, poetry that embraced simplicity as part of its meaning. In her view, Muller used the ruder folk forms to give his verse greater immediacy, to convey more powerfully the wanderer's complex inner state. Youens addresses many different aspects of Winterreise the cultural milieu to which it belonged, the genesis of both the poetry and the music, Schubert's transformation of poetic cycle into music, the philosophical dimension of the work, and its musical structure."

Heinrich Heine and the Lied (Paperback): Susan Youens Heinrich Heine and the Lied (Paperback)
Susan Youens
R1,133 Discovery Miles 11 330 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

More than any other poet, Heinrich Heine has provided composers for almost two hundred years with texts for music: more than eight thousand compositions to date. Nineteenth-century composers were drawn in particular to a limited selection of Heine's early lyrical works from the Buch der Lieder and the Neue Gedichte for their songs; poems such as 'Du bist wie eine Blume', 'The sea hath its pearls' and 'Was will die einsame Trane' were set to music over and over again. In this 2007 book, Youens examines some of the reasons for Heine's popularity, especially the fact that composers in the second quarter of the nineteenth century were drawn to him for songs in radical styles, songs that redefined what Lied could be and do. Specific topics of this book include Schubert's fusion of reinvented song traditions with radical tonal procedures and the political meanings of poetry and song in Schumann's time.

Heinrich Heine and the Lied (Hardcover): Susan Youens Heinrich Heine and the Lied (Hardcover)
Susan Youens
R2,172 Discovery Miles 21 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

More than any other poet, Heinrich Heine has provided composers for almost two hundred years with texts for music: more than eight thousand compositions to date. Nineteenth-century composers were drawn in particular to a limited selection of Heine's early lyrical works from the Buch der Lieder and the Neue Gedichte for their songs; poems such as 'Du bist wie eine Blume', 'The sea hath its pearls' and 'Was will die einsame Trane' were set to music over and over again. In this book, Youens examines some of the reasons for Heine's popularity, especially the fact that composers in the second quarter of the nineteenth century were drawn to him for songs in radical styles, songs that redefined what Lied could be and do. Specific topics of this book include Schubert's fusion of reinvented song traditions with radical tonal procedures and the political meanings of poetry and song in Schumann's time.

Schubert's Late Lieder - Beyond the Song-Cycles (Paperback, New ed): Susan Youens Schubert's Late Lieder - Beyond the Song-Cycles (Paperback, New ed)
Susan Youens
R1,281 Discovery Miles 12 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Schubert's Late Lieder is a study of selected songs for voice and piano composed by Schubert between 1822 and his death on 19 November 1828. Circa late 1822, Schubert was diagnosed with syphilis, and many of the songs discussed in this book were written under the seal of impending death. It is possible to locate in these songs a 'late song style', full of elegiac references to Schubert's other death-haunted works and marked by distinctive variation techniques. The songs on poems by Schubert's Austrian contemporaries are less well known than they should be, and yet the backdrop to these works is often fascinating. In this book, Susan Youens introduces the poets Matthaus von Collin, Johann Ladislaus Pyrker, Carl Gottfried Ritter von Leitner, Johann Anton Friedrich Reil, Franz von Schlechta, and Johann Gabriel Seidl and discusses Schubert's songs to their poetry, revealing much about the poet and about Austrian history and culture.

Schubert, Muller, and Die schoene Mullerin (Paperback, New ed): Susan Youens Schubert, Muller, and Die schoene Mullerin (Paperback, New ed)
Susan Youens
R978 Discovery Miles 9 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The collaboration of Schubert and the poet Wilhelm Muller produced some of the best loved of nineteenth-century lieder - in particular the song cycle Die schoene Mullerin. Professor Youens shows us how this archetypal tale of love and rejection, which has its origins in medieval romance, Minnesong and popular German legend, is reflected in the poet's own experience, the realms of art and life intertwining. Professor Youens considers other poets' explorations of the theme of a miller maid and her suitors, and looks at other musical settings of Muller's mill poems. But above all she examines Muller's permutation of the literary legends as an exploration of erotic obsession, delusion, frenzy, disillusionment and death and the way in which Schubert crucially altered Muller's vision when the poetic cycle became a musical text.

Hugo Wolf and his Moerike Songs (Paperback, New ed): Susan Youens Hugo Wolf and his Moerike Songs (Paperback, New ed)
Susan Youens
R968 Discovery Miles 9 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Viennese composer Hugo Wolf produced one of the most important song collections of the nineteenth century when he set to music fifty-three poems by the great German poet Eduard Moerike. Susan Youens reappraises this singular collaboration to shed new light on the sophisticated interplay between poetry and music in the songs. Wolf is customarily described as 'the Poet's Composer', someone who revered poetry and served it faithfully in his music. Yet, as Youens reveals, this cliche overlooks the rich terrain in which his songs are often at cross purposes with his chosen poetry. Although Wolf did much to draw the world's attention to the neglected Swabian poet, his musical interpretation of the poetry was also influenced by his own life, psychology and experiences. This book examines selected Moerike songs in detail, demonstrating that the poems and music each have their own distinctive stories which at times intersect but also diverge.

Schubert's Late Lieder - Beyond the Song-Cycles (Hardcover): Susan Youens Schubert's Late Lieder - Beyond the Song-Cycles (Hardcover)
Susan Youens
R2,438 Discovery Miles 24 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This study includes selected songs for voice and piano composed by Schubert between 1822 and his death on November 19, 1828. Schubert was diagnosed with syphilis circa late 1822, and many of the songs discussed were written with his knowledge of impending death. It is possible to discover within them a late song style, full of elegiac references to Schubert's other death-haunted works and marked by distinctive variation techniques. Youens also introduces six of the poets whose texts were set to music by Schubert.

Hugo Wolf and his Moerike Songs (Hardcover): Susan Youens Hugo Wolf and his Moerike Songs (Hardcover)
Susan Youens
R1,852 Discovery Miles 18 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Viennese composer Hugo Wolf produced one of the most important song collections of the nineteenth century when he set to music fifty-three poems by the great German poet Eduard Mörike. Susan Youens reappraises this singular collaboration, examining selected Mörike songs in detail to shed new light on the sophisticated interplay between poetry and music. Although Wolf is known as "the Poet's Composer," someone who revered poetry and served it faithfully in his music, Youens reveals how his Mörike songs were also influenced by his own life, psychology and experiences.

Schubert's Poets and the Making of Lieder (Paperback, Revised): Susan Youens Schubert's Poets and the Making of Lieder (Paperback, Revised)
Susan Youens
R1,135 Discovery Miles 11 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Schubert, Muller, and Die schoene Mullerin (Hardcover, New): Susan Youens Schubert, Muller, and Die schoene Mullerin (Hardcover, New)
Susan Youens
R1,874 Discovery Miles 18 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The collaboration of Schubert and the poet Wilhelm Muller produced some of the best loved of nineteenth-century lieder - in particular the song cycle Die schoene Mullerin. Professor Youens shows us how this archetypal tale of love and rejection, which has its origins in medieval romance, Minnesong and popular German legend, is reflected in the poet's own experience, the realms of art and life intertwining. Professor Youens considers other poets' explorations of the theme of a miller maid and her suitors, and looks at other musical settings of Muller's mill poems. But above all she examines Muller's permutation of the literary legends as an exploration of erotic obsession, delusion, frenzy, disillusionment and death and the way in which Schubert crucially altered Muller's vision when the poetic cycle became a musical text.

Schubert: Die schoene Mullerin (Paperback): Susan Youens Schubert: Die schoene Mullerin (Paperback)
Susan Youens
R701 Discovery Miles 7 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This guide to Schubert's much-loved song cycle explores both the music and the poetry from a variety of perspectives. It includes biography and cultural history, literary interpretation, source studies, and musical analysis. The genesis of both Wilhelm Muller's poetry, which began as a literary salon game in 1816, and the music, composed soon after Schubert discovered that he had contracted syphilis, is discussed in the first two chapters, which also include little-known information about the poet, the premier of the cycle, and Eduard Hanslick's critiques later in the nineteenth century. The chapters on the poetry discuss Muller's uneasy relationship to the tenets of Romanticism; the influence of Goethe, folk poems, and medieval poetry on Die schoene Mullerin; and provide a reading of each of the poems, which are reproduced in German and English translation. The last and lengthiest chapter consists of brief analytical commentary on each of the twenty songs in Schubert's masterpiece.

Retracing a Winter's Journey - Franz Schubert's "Winterreise" (Hardcover): Susan Youens Retracing a Winter's Journey - Franz Schubert's "Winterreise" (Hardcover)
Susan Youens
R1,273 Discovery Miles 12 730 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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