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Studies in Music with Text$
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David Lewin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182088.001.0001

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Auf dem Flusse: Image and Background in a Schubert Song

Auf dem Flusse: Image and Background in a Schubert Song

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(p.109) Chapter Five Auf dem Flusse: Image and Background in a Schubert Song
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Studies in Music with Text
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David Lewin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182088.003.0005

This chapter explores the relation of musical structure to textual imagery in Franz Schubert's song Auf dem Flusse, from Die Winterreise. First, it develops a general critical stance toward the relation of music and text in Schubert's songs. The chapter then offers a reading of the text for this specific song. According to this reading, the text is in a sense “about” the creation and evaluation of a poetic image. From a theoretical view, the aspects touched on are of a traditional sort: the length of musical sections vis-à-vis text sections, tonality, modality, the relations of the vocal line to the soprano and bass lines of its accompaniment, and motivic rhythms.

Keywords:   musical structure, textual imagery, Franz Schubert, Auf dem Flusse, Die Winterreise, music, text, songs, poetic image, tonality

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