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Songs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied

Yonatan Malin


This book explores rhythm and meter in the nineteenth‐century German Lied. It illustrates the transformation of poetic meter into musical rhythm and situates songs within larger aesthetic and historical narratives. The Lied, as a genre, is characterized especially by the fusion of poetry and music. Poetic meter itself has expressive qualities, and rhythmic variations contribute further to the modes of signification. These features often carry over into songs, even as they are set in the more strictly determined periodicities of musical meter. A new method of declamatory‐schema analysis is pres ... More

Keywords: German Lied, rhythm, meter, song analysis, Hensel, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195340051
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yonatan Malin, author
Wesleyan University