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The Melody of TimeMusic and Temporality in the Romantic Era$
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Benedict Taylor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190206055

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206055.001.0001

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Memory and Nostalgia in Schubert’s Instrumental Music

Memory and Nostalgia in Schubert’s Instrumental Music

(p.130) 3 Memory and Nostalgia in Schubert’s Instrumental Music
The Melody of Time

Benedict Taylor

Oxford University Press

Qualities of memory and reminiscence seem to constitute some of the most characteristic attributes of Schubert’s music. Looking principally at the String Quartet in A minor, D. 804 (‘Rosamunde’), this chapter examines how such nostalgic subjectivities are constructed in Schubert, how music may suggest the actions of memory and temporal consciousness. It demonstrates there are multiple ways of understanding how memory and nostalgia may be musically conveyed, and even though appeal to the language of memory is often only metaphorical, the affordance with this music is particularly strong. Memory is one of the bedrocks of the human psyche and of modern subjectivity, and this is arguably one of the main reasons why Schubert’s music still fascinates so many listeners.

Keywords:   Schubert, String Quartet in A minor, D. 804 (‘Rosamunde’), Piano Sonata in B flat, D. 960, musical memory (phenomenology of), nostalgia, music and the past

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