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Author Suurpää, Lauri, 1964- author.

Title Death in Winterreise : musico-poetic associations in Schubert's song cycle / Lauri Suurpää.

Publication Info. Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    782.47 Schubert,F SUU    Available
Description xi, 224 pages : music ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Musical meaning and interpretation
Musical meaning and interpretation.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-218) and index.
Contents Genesis and narrative of Winterreise -- Winterreise in context -- Text-music relationships : five propositions -- Musico-poetic associations : principles of analysis -- The emergence of death as a positive option : "Der greise Kopf" -- Death contemplated : "Die Krähe" -- From hope for the past to hope for the future : "Letzte Hoffnung" -- Reflecting lost hope : "Im Dorfe," "Der stürmische Morgen," and "Täuschung" -- Choosing death : "Der Wegweiser" -- Death eludes the wanderer : "Das Wirtshaus" -- Reflecting on the inability to find death : "Mut," "Die Nebensonnen," and "Der Leiermann" -- The song cycle as a genre : some recent views -- Winterreise as a cycle -- Epilogue : the meaning of death in Winterreise.
Summary Lauri Suurpää brings together two rigorous methodologies, Greimassian semiotics and Schenkerian analysis, to provide a unique perspective on the expressive power of Franz Schubert's song cycle. Focusing on the final songs, Suurpää deftly combines textual and tonal analysis to reveal death as a symbolic presence if not actual character in the musical narrative. Suurpää demonstrates the incongruities between semantic content and musical representation as it surfaces throughout the final songs. This close reading of the winter songs, coupled with creative applications of theory and a thorough history of the poetic and musical genesis of this work, brings new insights to the study of text-music relationships and the song cycle.
Subject Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828. Winterreise.
Song cycles -- Analysis, appreciation.
Songs -- Texts.
ISBN 9780253011008 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
0253011000 (cloth ; alkaline paper)

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