The Lied

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Course Information
Program(s): 
Discipline(s): 
Music
Terms offered: 
Spring
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
English
Contact Hours: 
45
Prerequisites: 

Prior studies in music history, upper level skills in music analysis.

Description: 

The course offers a detailed look at German art song from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century with a special focus on Vienna: the Berlin School, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Richard Strauss and Schoenberg. In analyzing the works, students will explore details of the poetic texts, compositional technique, the use of expressive devices, and composers’ biographies. Time will also be taken for the cultural context, including field trips to historic sites. Finally, a consideration of source studies will include the examination of original manuscripts.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students should be able to: 

  • Develop a facility in effectively analyzing lieder in relation to form, expressive devices, and poetic model
  • Position the work within the history of the genre as it changed during the 19th century
  • Have a deeper awareness of cultural context as well as primary sources
  • Engage hands-on  with the fundamental questions of musical historiography
Method of presentation: 
  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Field trips
Required work and form of assessment: 

Reading and listening assignments are listed below. CDs of the required listening will be made available for borrowing and copies of the required readings will be provided in reading packets. There will be a midterm and a final exam as well as a series of worksheets and short essays relevant to the topics at hand; participation in class discussions is also evaluated. The course is graded as follows:

  • Class participation - 20%
  • Writing assignments - 20%
  • Midterm exam - 30%
  • Final exam - 30%

 

content: 

 

Week

Topic/Composer

Works and Topics

Readings

1

Course Introduction Berlin School

     Genre, origins
     Reichardt, Zumsteeg [ca. 1800]

 

GL

2

Ludwig van Beethoven

(1770-1827)

An die ferne Geliebte [1816] “Reading” lieder

PL, KG, CC 101-119

3

Franz Schubert

(1797-1828)

Die schöne Müllerin [1823] Nature and self

YS 1-33

4

Kosegarten Lieder [1815] Manuscript studies

SK

5

Robert Schumann

(1810-1856)

Dichterliebe [1840] Poetic voice

KS 1-12,

63-93

6

Johannes Brahms

(1833-1897)

Vier ernste Gesänge, op.121 [1896] The specter of death

SB 607-621,

MM 371-378

 

MIDTERM EXAM

 

 

 

 

(Wednesday: Excursion)

 

7

Hugo Wolf

(1860-1903)

Mörike Lieder [1888] Songs of spirituality

YW 1-17,

140-168

8

Gustav Mahler

(1860-1911)

     Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen [1885] 
     Symphony No. 1 [1888]
     Song and symphony

MW 91-126

9

Richard Strauss

(1864-1949)

Vier letzte Lieder [1948] Romantic demise

TJ

MB 357-369

10

Arnold Schoenberg

(1874-1951)

FINAL EXAM

DasBuchderhängendenGärten, op.15 [1909] Explosion in the Garden

SV 322-366

 

Required readings: 

 

 

Author/Editor

Title

Published

CC

James Parsons (ed.)

The Cambridge Companion to the Lied

Cambridge: Cambridge Univ Press, 2004

 

GL

 

Stanley Sadie (ed.)

“Lied” §III-IV (836-44),

“Liederkreis” (847) and “Liederspiel” (847-48) in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Vol.

10

 

London: Macmillan, 1980

KG

Joseph Kerman

“An die ferne Geliebte” in Alan Tyson, ed., Beethoven Studies [i], 123-157.

New York, 1973

KS

Arthur Komar

Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe

New York: Norton, 1971

 

MB

 

Matthew Boyden

 

Richard Strauss

Boston: Northeastern Univ Press,

1999

 

MC

 

John Williamson

“The Earliest Completed Works” (selection) in The Mahler

Companion, ed. by Donald Mitchell and Andrew Nicholson, 52-61

 

Oxford:

Oxford Univ. Press, 2002

MM

Malcolm MacDonald

Brahms

London:

J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1990

PL

Luise Eitel Peake

“The Antecedents of Beethoven’s Liederkreis”

Music and Letters 63/3-4 (July-Oct 1982), 242-260

SB

Jan Swafford

Johannes Brahms. A Biography

NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997

 

SK

 

Morten Solvik

“Schubert’s Kosegarten Settings of 1815: A Forgotten Liederspiel” in Franz Schubert and His World, eds. Christopher

H. Gibbs and Morten Solvik, 115-156

 

Princeton and Oxford: Princeton Univ. Press, 2014

SV

Carl Schorske

Fin-de-siècle Vienna

NY: Vintage Books, 1981

 

TJ

Timothy L. Jackson

“Ruhe, meine Seele! and the Letzte Orchesterlieder” in Richard Strauss and His World, ed. Bryan Gilliam, 90-137

Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1992

YS

Susan Youens

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

Cambridge: Cambridge Univ Press, 1992

YW

Susan Youens

Hugo Wolf and his Mörike Songs

 

Press, 2000