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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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Seit ich ihn gesehen … kann ich jedoch singen!

Seit ich ihn gesehen … kann ich jedoch singen!

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32 Seit ich ihn gesehen … kann ich jedoch singen!
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On the Art of Singing
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Richard Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0032

This chapter considers Seit ich ihn gesehen, the opening song in Robert Schumann's cycle of eight songs comprising the set called Frauenliebe und -Leben. The recording industry has revitalized popular interest in the Lied as a performance vehicle. In the case of Seit ich ihn gesehen, the tiny bellows-like straight-tone crescendoing and decrescendoing of each syllable in the breathless, nonvibrant fashion found in some recent recordings becomes caricature-like. Who sings Frauenliebe und -Leben must be a sensuous, not an ectoplasmic, personality. The singer dare not circumvent vocalism that includes good resonance and balance or fall into a form of detached Sprechstimme. She can say, with pride, “Seit ich ihn gesehen, kann ich jedoch singen!” (Since having seen him, I can nevertheless sing!).

Keywords:   song, Seit ich ihn gesehen, Robert Schumann, Frauenliebe und -Leben, Lied, performance, recordings, vocalism

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