Heinrich Heine and the Lied

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 6, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 378 pages
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More than any other poet, Heinrich Heine has provided composers for almost two hundred years with texts for music: more than eight thousand compositions to date. Nineteenth-century composers were drawn in particular to a limited selection of Heine's early lyrical works from the Buch der Lieder and the Neue Gedichte for their songs; poems such as 'Du bist wie eine Blume', 'The sea hath its pearls' and 'Was will die einsame Träne' were set to music over and over again. In this 2007 book, Youens examines some of the reasons for Heine's popularity, especially the fact that composers in the second quarter of the nineteenth century were drawn to him for songs in radical styles, songs that redefined what Lied could be and do. Specific topics of this book include Schubert's fusion of reinvented song traditions with radical tonal procedures and the political meanings of poetry and song in Schumann's time.
  

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Contents

The Heine songs of Franz Lachner
89
Heine and the Schumanns
174
Song sex society and
266
Ex 419 Edwin Aler Thou Art Like Unto A Flower
304

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About the author (2007)

Susan Youens is J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame.

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