The German «Lied» after Hugo Wolf: From Hans Pfitzner to Anton Webern by Lesley-Ann BrownThe German «Lied» after Hugo Wolf: From Hans Pfitzner to Anton Webern by Lesley-Ann Brown

The German «Lied» after Hugo Wolf: From Hans Pfitzner to Anton Webern

byLesley-Ann Brown

Paperback | June 29, 2015

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Following the development of the German Lied after the nineteenth century – when it was widely known as the setting of Romantic poetry to music – this book explores the changing artistic scene in the early twentieth century, as rapid social, economic and environmental changes affected German cultural production. The Lied then faced not only a crisis of identity, but also a threat to its survival. This book considers the literary and musical ideas that both challenged and complemented each other as new directions in songwriting were developed across the modern period.
The composers selected for their relevance in Lieder composition during this time illustrate not only the diversity of their musical thought but also a changing approach to the relationship between the poetic text and its musical counterpart. Hans Pfitzner represents the determination to maintain established tradition; subsequently, a chronological progression through the individuality of Paul Hindemith and social integrity of Hanns Eisler leads to the point where transformation of the genre can be said to have begun, with Arnold Schönberg. With the Lieder of Alban Berg and Anton Webern, the genre arrived at a point of convergence with the ideals of German modernism. This study offers new insights into the cultural significance of German songwriting in the first part of the twentieth century.
Lesley-Ann Brown holds a PhD in German from the University of Nottingham. She is a classically trained pianist, having attended the Royal College of Music as a Junior Exhibitioner and the Royal Academy of Music as a senior student. She also received a BMus degree from the University of London. An accompanist, teacher and examiner, her ...
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Title:The German «Lied» after Hugo Wolf: From Hans Pfitzner to Anton WebernFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:June 29, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:303431888X

ISBN - 13:9783034318884

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Contents: Mapping Aesthetic and Cultural Boundaries – Landscaping German Song – Modernism: Exploring Convergence and Divergence – Genre: The Changing Identity and Function of the Lied – Musical Perspectives: Tradition and New Directions – Lieder Composers – Hans Pfitzner: Traditionalist or Regressive Modernist? – Hanns Eisler: The Lied as Medium for Heightened Social Awareness – Paul Hindemith: The Challenge of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Das Marienleben – Arnold Schönberg: Re-thinking Musical Interpretation of the Poetic Text – Alban Berg and Anton Webern: Refining and Redefining the Lied.