Amanda Glauert revisits Beethoven’s songs and studies his profound engagement with the aesthetics of the poets he was setting, particularly those of Herder and Goethe. The book offers readers a rich exploration of the poetical and philosophical context in which Beethoven found himself when composing songs. It also offers detailed commentaries on possible responses to specific songs, responses designed to open up new ways for performing, hearing and appreciating this provocative song repertoire. This study will be of great interest to researchers of Beethoven; German song; aesthetics of words and music.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Chapter 1: Do you know the land: the challenge of singing Mignon; Chapter 2: To a distant beloved: Beethoven’s tribute to strophic song; Chapter 3: The re-telling of lyric: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; Chapter 4: Lyric legacy: finding a place for Beethoven song; Conclusion
Amanda Glauert was formerly Director of Programmes and Research at the Royal College of Music, UK.