Goethe: Musical Poet, Musical Catalyst: Proceedings of the Conference Hosted by the Department of Music, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 26 & 27 March 2004

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Lorraine Byrne
Carysfort Press, 2004 - Music - 375 pages
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The high degree of admiration for Goethe by people of all kinds, including some who were themselves possessed of creative ability of the highest order, and in fields quite different from literature is something unique in the history of European culture. Reasons for the poet's reputation are found not only in his art but in his influence on contemporaries, and on the generation of artists and musicians who came after him Perhaps more than any other writer, Goethe has had a great influence on the European musical heritage which continues down to the present day. Given not just the magnitude of Goethe's genus but its exceptionally forward-looking character. It is little wonder that the attitudes of many gifted artists towards him were ambivalent or antagonistic. The aim of this volume is to address the salent misconception that Goethe was unmusical, and to explore some of the musical riches his poetry has inspired and continues to call forth.

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Contents

Goethes Presence in the Vienna Music Scene of his Era
7
An Exchange of Musical Letters
41
Men of Genius between Distance and Affinity
69
Beethovens Retelling of Goethes Poetry
100
Fidelio and Faust in the German Wende of 198990
126
Goethe and the Czechs
159
Bettina von Arnim Goethe and the Boundaries of Creativity
185
Blumengruf und Blumenglockcherr Goethes Influence on Anton Webern
203
Nicholas Boyle
233
Schumanns Requiem furMignon and the Concept of Music as Literature
242
Mignons Exequies and Aesthetic Reflections of the Liturgy in Music
272
Mignon und der Harfner
289
Appendices
346
Goethe and the Guitar
352
Index
365
Copyright

Gods Goddesses and Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
227

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About the author (2004)

Lorraine Byrne is a musicologist who has published on Schubert and Goethe.

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