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Lauri Suurpää brings together two rigorous methodologies, Greimassian semiotics and Schenkerian analysis, to provide a unique perspective on the expressive power of Franz Schubert's song cycle. Focusing on the final songs, Suurpää deftly combines textual and tonal analysis to reveal death as a symbolic presence if not actual character in the musical narrative. Suurpää demonstrates the incongruities between semantic content and musical representation as it surfaces throughout the final songs. This close reading of the winter songs, coupled with creative applications of theory and a thorough history of the poetic and musical genesis of this work, brings new insights to the study of text-music relationships and the song cycle.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Note on the Translations of the Poems
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Part 1. Background
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Genesis and Narrative of Winterreise
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. Winterreise in Context
  2. pp. 15-29
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  1. 3. Text-Music Relationships: Five Propositions
  2. pp. 30-41
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  1. 4. Musico-Poetic Associations: Principles of Analysis
  2. pp. 42-60
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  1. Part 2. Songs
  2. pp. 61-62
  1. 5. The Emergence of Death as a Positive Option: “Der greise Kopf”
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. 6. Death Contemplated: “Die Krähe”
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. 7. From Hope for the Past to Hope for the Future: “Letzte Hoffnung”
  2. pp. 85-99
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  1. 8. Reflecting Lost Hope: “Im Dorfe,” “Der stürmische Morgen,” and “Täuschung”
  2. pp. 100-114
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  1. 9. Choosing Death: “Der Wegweiser”
  2. pp. 115-128
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  1. 10. Death Eludes the Wanderer: “Das Wirtshaus”
  2. pp. 129-140
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  1. 11. Reflecting on the Inability to Find Death: “Mut,” “Die Nebensonnen,” and “Der Leiermann”
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. Part 3. Cycle
  2. pp. 157-158
  1. 12. The Song Cycle as a Genre: Some Recent Views
  2. pp. 159-166
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  1. 13. Winterreise as a Cycle
  2. pp. 167-190
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  1. 14. Epilogue: The Meaning of Death in Winterreise
  2. pp. 191-196
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 197-210
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  1. References
  2. pp. 211-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 225-225
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253011084
Print ISBN
9780253011008
MARC Record
OCLC
864899493
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2014-03-10
Language
English
Open Access
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