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Schumann's Dichterliebe and Early Romantic Poetics
Fragmentation of Desire

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521042451

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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.

    • A re-evaluation of Schumann's famous Dichterliebe in its original (1840) and later (1844) version
    • Interdisciplinary approach - encompassing music, poetry and philosophy
    • Views Dichterliebe through the critical lenses of Early Romantic Poetics as well as post-modern knowledge, literary and psychoanalytic theory
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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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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521042451
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.428kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 36 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    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

  • Author

    Beate Julia Perrey, Christ's College, Cambridge
    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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