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Distant Cycles

Schubert and the Conceiving of Song

Richard Kramer

Distant Cycles

Richard Kramer

241 pages | 3 halftones, 80 musical examples, 4 tables | 6-5/8 x 9-3/8 | © 1994
Paper $46.00 ISBN: 9780226452357 Published September 1994
E-book $10.00 to $45.99 About E-books ISBN: 9780226452333 Published July 1994
Franz Schubert’s song cycles Schone Mullerin and Winterreise are cornerstones of the genre. But as Richard Kramer argues in this book, Schubert envisioned many other songs as components of cyclical arrangements that were never published as such. By carefully studying Schubert’s original manuscripts, Kramer recovers some of these "distant cycles" and accounts for idiosyncrasies in the songs which other analyses have failed to explain.

Returning the songs to their original keys, Kramer reveals linkages among songs which were often obscured as Schubert readied his compositions for publication. His analysis thus conveys even familiar songs in fresh contexts that will affect performance, interpretation, and criticism. After addressing problems of multiple settings and revisions, Kramer presents a series of briefs for the reconfiguring of sets of songs to poems by Goethe, Rellstab, and Heine. He deconstructs Winterreise, using its convoluted origins to illuminate its textual contradictions. Finally, Kramer scrutinizes settings from the Abendrote cycle (on poems by Friedrich Schlegel) for signs of cyclic process. Probing the farthest reaches of Schubert’s engagement with the poetics of lieder, Distant Cycles exposes tensions between Schubert the composer and Schubert the merchant-entrepreneur.
I: Introduction
1: In Search of Song
II: Strophe, Variant, Version
2: Der Jungling am Bache: Schubert at the Source
3: The Aesthetics of Revision
III: Distant Cycles
4: A Poetics of the Remote: Goethe’s Entfernte
5: In der Ferne: Schubert’s Rellstab
6: Schubert’s Heine
IV: The Cycles in Winterreise
7: Winterreise I
8: Winterreise II
V: Mysticism, Ecstasy, and the Sublime
9: Schlegel’s Abendrote and the Failure of Cycle
List of Works Cited
Index of Names and Works

Amer Soc Composers/Authors/Publishers: Deems Taylor Award

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