Singing Schumann: An Interpretive Guide for Performers

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Oxford University Press, Apr 28, 2005 - Music - 264 pages
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Singing Schumann is likely to become the standard introduction to some of the best-loved songs in the singer's repertoire. Written by a distinguished performer and internationally known teacher, the book offers astute, practical advice for bringing Robert Schumann's Lieder to life in performance. Richard Miller guides the reader through the interpretation of all of Schumann's solo and duet songs, drawing thoroughly on Schumann's compositional style and its historical background. In addition to covering the "familiar forty"--the much-performed songs Schumann composed in and around 1840 while trying to win the hand of Clara Wieck--Miller takes an in-depth look at the lesser known early and later songs. In particular, he focuses on the rich and varied repertoire of Schumann's later years, challenging the conventional view that these works reflect a decline in the composer's creative powers. Singing Schumann begins with an overview of Schumann as a song composer and then proceeds to survey the entire repertoire, song by song. It features the well-known cycles, including the Eichendorff Liederkreis, Frauenliebe und -leben, and Dichterliebe, as well as the Liederalbum f?r die Jugend and settings of texts by Goethe, Burns, R?ckert, and Kulmann. Using numerous musical examples, Miller uncovers Schumann's characteristic compositional devices and describes his novel and experimental approaches to the interpretation of texts, often achieved through exceptionally colorful keyboard accompaniments. Musically sensitive and eminently readable, Singing Schumann is an invaluable guide for teachers, coaches, pianists, and singers.
 

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Contents

1 Robert Schumann as Song Composer
3
2 Performance Practices in the Schumann Lieder
15
3 Liederkreis Heine Opus 24
21
4 Myrten Opus 25
28
5 Kerner Lieder Opus 35
45
6 Reinick Lieder Opus 36
56
7 Rückert Lieder Zwölf Gedichte aus Liebesfrühling Opus 37
60
8 Liederkreis Eichendorff Opus 39
64
16 Opus 51
142
17 Opus 64
145
18 Opus 77
149
19 Liederalbum für die JugendOpus 79
154
20 Opus 83 and Opus 87
166
21 Opus 89 von der Neun and Opus 90 Lenau
171
22 Drei Gesänge Byron Opus 95 and Opus 96
182
23 Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister Goethe Opus 98a
186

9 Fünf Lieder Andersen and Chamisso Opus 40
80
10 Frauenliebe und leben Chamisso Opus 42
83
11 Dichterliebe Heine Opus 48
96
12 Opus 45 and Opus 57
115
13 Opus 53
121
Opuses 27 30 31 and 49
124
15 Opus 127 and Opus 142
132
24 Sieben Lieder Kulmann Opus 104 Opus 107 and Vier Husarenlieder Lenau Opus 117
198
25 Opus 119 Opus 125 and Maria Stuart Lieder Opus 135
206
Opuses 29 34 37 43 74 78 79 101 103 112 and 138
213
27 Provenzalisches Lied 4 Ballade 7 Opus 139 and Der Contrabandiste Opus 74 App
231
References
237
Index
239
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In addition to his long and distinguished performance career, Richard Miller is internationally known for master classes in systematic vocal technique and artistic interpretation. He is both Director and Professor at the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center at Oberlin College, and has also written several books and articles.

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