Songs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied by Yonatan MalinSongs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied by Yonatan Malin

Songs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied

byYonatan Malin

Paperback | December 15, 2014

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Scholars, critics, and performers alike have long been fascinated by the distinctive blend of music and text in the German Lied. Covering works by Fanny Hensel, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Hugo Wolf, Songs in Motion synthesizes the most recent developments in songanalysis and rhythmic theory. It offers a valuable new method for understanding the extraordinary coalescense of music and text in this most-studied and frequently performed genre of vocal repertory. Aesthetics of simplicity, songfulness, and folk-like directness fostered poetic styles with consistent meters and rhyme schemes in the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Author Yonatan Malin explroes the range of rhythmic and expressive possibilities available to composers as theyworked within and beyond the original aesthetic dictates of the genre. Malin shows how expressive aspects of the poetic rhythm are intensified and transformed in musical settings, and he interprets rhythmic stratification of the poem, vocal melody, and piano accompaniment as features of the lyricpersona's conscious awareness and voice. Changes in musical rhythm over the course of a song are shown to be a significant element in the composer's "reading" of the poem. Malin's innovative and thorough analyses shed light on stylistic features of individual composers while illuminating more generally the changing nature of lyric subjectivity over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Songs in Motion is a must-read for music theorists,historical musicologists, performers, and students and scholars of German studies.
Yonatan Malin is Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has published articles and reviews in Music Theory Spectrum and Music Analysis, and in the edited volume Expressive Intersections in Brahms: Essays in Analysis and Meaning (Indiana University Press 2012). He is also editor of Music Theory Online, a journal o...
Title:Songs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German LiedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.59 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

About the Musical Examples and Companion WebsitePart I. Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied1. The Rhythms of Poetry and Song2. Theories of Musical Rhythm and MeterPart II. Songs in Motion3. Hensel: Lyrical Expansions, Elisions, and Rhythmic Flow4. Schubert: Repetition, Motion, and Reflection5. Schumann: Doubling and Reverberation6. Brahms: Metric Cycles and Performative Time7. Wolf: Syncopation and the Rhythms of Speech8. Epilogue: Song Analysis and Musical PleasureBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"At once a study of the ontology of the Lied and a comparative exploration of musical style, Songs in Motion lays bare the polyrhythmic foundation of song and demonstrates its workings in a variety of nineteenth-century compositions. Yonatan Malin draws on the strongest music-theoreticalresources to engage listeners, performers, and thinkers in equal measure. This book significantly raises the stakes in theory-based analysis of song." --Kofi Agawu, author of Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music