Schubert, Schenker and the art of setting German poetry

Drabkin, William (2008) Schubert, Schenker and the art of setting German poetry. Eighteenth-Century Music, 5, (2), 209-236. (doi:10.1017/S1478570608001498).


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Nearly half a century after gaining a solid footing in the academic world, the achievements of Heinrich Schenker remain associated more with tonal structure and coherence than with musical expression. The focus of his published work, exemplified largely by instrumental music from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, supports this view. There are just five short writings about music for voices: two essays on Bach’s St Matthew Passion, one on the opening number from Haydn’s Creation, and two on Schubert songs. To be sure, romantic lieder appear as music examples for the larger theory books, but there they serve as illustrations of harmony, voice leading and form, rather than the relationship of word to tone.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S1478570608001498
ISSNs: 1478-5706 (print)
1478-5714 (electronic)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 160115
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2008Published
8 September 2008Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 17:13
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:28

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