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More than any other poet, Heinrich Heine has provided composers for almost two hundred years with texts for music: more than eight thousand compositions to date. Nineteenth-century composers were drawn in particular to a limited selection of Heine's early lyrical works from the Buch der Lieder and the Neue Gedichte for their songs; poems such as 'Du bist wie eine Blume', 'The sea hath its pearls' and 'Was will die einsame Träne' were set to music over and over again. In this 2007 book, Youens examines some of the reasons for Heine's popularity, especially the fact that composers in the second quarter of the nineteenth century were drawn to him for songs in radical styles, songs that redefined what Lied could be and do. Specific topics of this book include Schubert's fusion of reinvented song traditions with radical tonal procedures and the political meanings of poetry and song in Schumann's time.Read more
- Was the first scholarly work to examine the reasons for Heinrich Heine's importance in music history
- Contains many illustrative music examples and images
- Analyses the cultural influence of Heine's work on music and art
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- Date Published: January 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521823746
- length: 410 pages
- dimensions: 258 x 183 x 29 mm
- weight: 0.968kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. In the beginning: Schubert and Heine
2. Missing links: the Heine songs of Franz Lachner and Johann Vesque von Püttlingen
3. A Tale of Three Ballads: Heine and the Schumanns
4. 'A Flower by any other name': song, sex, society, and 'Du bist wie eine Blume'
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