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The Song Cycle


Part of Cambridge Introductions to Music

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521896443

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  • The song cycle was one of the most important musical genres of the nineteenth century. Famous examples by Schubert, Schumann and Mahler have received a great deal of attention. Yet many other cycles - by equally famous composers, from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - have not. The Song Cycle introduces key concepts and a broad repertoire by tracing a history of the genre from Beethoven through to the present day. It explores how song cycles reflect the world around them and how national traditions and social relationships are represented in composers' choice of texts and musical styles. Tunbridge investigates how other types of music have influenced the scope of the song cycle, from operas and symphonies to popular song. A lively and engaging guide to this important topic, the book outlines how performance practices, from concert customs to new recording technologies, have changed the way we listen.

    • Provides a broad range of examples that enrich our understanding of why the genre of the song cycle is so important
    • Considers a wide musical repertoire, including popular as well as classical music
    • Investigates performance history from nineteenth-century practices to the impact of recording technology, useful for both performers and listeners
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Scholars and teachers will be grateful for the brand-new emphases on performing traditions and performers, on the 20th-century cycle, on the migrations of the song cycle into non-Germanic lands, and on the cycle in popular music. Much of this is original work, superbly done and beautifully written … Tunbridge's introductory chapter on concepts is the clearest approach (and the most thought-provoking) to vexed issues of definition I have ever encountered.' Susan Youens, J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music Musicology, University of Notre Dame

    'Illuminating.' Classical Music

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521896443
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 34 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Concepts
    2. Wanderers and balladeers
    3. Performance: the long nineteenth century
    4. Gendered voices
    5. Between opera and symphony
    6. Travels abroad
    7. Modern subjects
    8. Death of the song cycle
    9. Performance: the twentieth century
    10. Afterlife: the late twentieth century
    11. Rebirth: pop song cycles
    Guide to further reading.

  • Author

    Laura Tunbridge, University of Manchester
    Laura Tunbridge is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Schumann's Late Style (2007) and co-editor of Rethinking Schumann, as well as having contributed chapters and articles to The Cambridge Companion to Schumann (2007), The Musical Quarterly, Music and Letters, the Cambridge Opera Journal, Opera Quarterly and The Journal of the Royal Musical Association.

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