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Schubert, Müller, and Die schöne Müllerin


  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028653

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  • The collaboration of Schubert and the poet Wilhelm Müller produced some of the best loved of nineteenth-century lieder - in particular the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin. 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 Müller's mill poems. But above all she examines Müller'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 Müller's vision when the poetic cycle became a musical text.

    • Offers a different interpretation of both poetry and music of one of the great masterpieces of German Romantic song
    • Offers an introduction to settings of this poetry by nineteenth-century composers other than Schubert
    • Contains an exploration of the characters from folksong and the medieval traditions
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028653
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 30 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of examples
    1. Behind the scenes: the genesis of Wilhelm Müller's cycle
    2. Variations on a poetic theme: hunters, millers and miller maids
    3. Before and after Schubert: at the mill with other composers
    4. 'Lilies that fester': sex and death in Müller's and Schubert's cycles
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  • Author

    Susan Youens, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

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