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The Cambridge Companion to the Lied

The Cambridge Companion to the Lied


Part of Cambridge Companions to Music

James Parsons, Jane K. Brown, Amanda Glauert, Marie-Agnes Dittrich, Ruth O. Bingham, Jürgen Thym, James Deaville, Rena Charnin Mueller, Heather Platt, Susan Youens, Christopher H. Gibbs, James L. Zychowicz, David Gramit, Graham Johnson
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  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521804714

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  • Beginning several generations before Schubert, the Lied first appears as domestic entertainment. In the century that follows it becomes one of the primary modes of music-making. By the time German song comes to its presumed conclusion with Richard Strauss's 1948 Vier letzte Lieder, this rich repertoire has moved beyond the home and keyboard accompaniment to the symphony hall. This is a 2004 introductory chronicle of this fascinating genre. In essays by eminent scholars, this Companion places the Lied in its full context - at once musical, literary, and cultural - with chapters devoted to focal composers as well as important issues, such as the way in which the Lied influenced other musical genres, its use as a musical commodity, and issues of performance. The volume is framed by a detailed chronology of German music and poetry from the late 1730s to the present and also contains a comprehensive bibliography.

    • First accessible overview of the Lied, its history and place in cultural history
    • Written by a team of specialists, but in accessible and introductory language
    • Includes a chapter by famous accompanist of Lied performers, Graham Johnson
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    'How pleasing to see that the lied merits its own volume in this attractively presented series from CUP' The Schubertian

    '… a fine addition to the material written on this subject, and I do recommend it highly.' Piano Professional

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521804714
    • length: 438 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 1 table 41 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on the contributors
    The Lied in context: a chronology
    Names and dates mentioned in this Volume
    Part I. Introducing a Genre: 'Introduction: Why the Lied?' James Parsons:
    1. 'In the beginning was poetry' Jane Brown
    Part II. The Birth and Early History of a Genre in the Age of Enlightenment:
    2. The eighteenth-century Lied James Parsons
    3. The Lieder of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven Amanda Glauert
    Part III. The Nineteenth Century: Issues of Style and Development:
    4. The Lieder of Schubert Marie-Agnes Dittrich
    5. The early nineteenth-century song cycle Ruth O. Bingham
    6. Schumann: reconfiguring the Lied Jürgen Thym
    7. The Lied at mid-century James Deaville
    8. The Lieder of Liszt Rena Charnin Mueller
    9. The Lieder of Brahms Heather Platt
    10. Tradition and innovation: the Lieder of Hugo Wolf Susan Youens
    11. Song beyond song: instrumental transformations and adaptations of the Lied from Schubert to Mahler Christopher H. Gibbs
    Part IV. Into the Twentieth Century:
    12. The Lieder of Mahler and Richard Strauss James L. Zychowicz
    13. The Lied in the modern age: to mid century James Parsons
    Part V. Reception and Performance:
    14. The circulation of the Lied: the double life of an artwork and a commodity David Gramit
    15. The Lied in performance Graham Johnson
    A guide to suggested further reading

  • Editor

    James Parsons, Missouri State University
    James Parsons is Associate Professor of Music History at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He is the author of numerous essays on German song, including the article on the eighteenth-century Lied for the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. His article ''Deine Zauber binden wieder': Beethoven, Schiller, and the Joyous Reconciliation of Opposites', recently was published in Beethoven Forum, (2002) 9/1, 1-53. Other essays have appeared in The Journal of the American Musicological Society and Music Analysis.


    James Parsons, Jane K. Brown, Amanda Glauert, Marie-Agnes Dittrich, Ruth O. Bingham, Jürgen Thym, James Deaville, Rena Charnin Mueller, Heather Platt, Susan Youens, Christopher H. Gibbs, James L. Zychowicz, David Gramit, Graham Johnson

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