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Eric Jensen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737352.001.0001

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The Compositions, 1840–44

The Compositions, 1840–44

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(p.186) Chapter Ten The Compositions, 1840–44
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Schumann
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Eric Frederick Jensen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199737352.003.0010

This chapter discusses the lieder compositions of Robert Schumann from 1840 to 1844. Schumann believed that his solo piano compositions no longer presented new ideas or concepts leading him to write lieder in February 1840. Schumann focused on composed lieder for solo voice and vocal ensemble. Much of his success as a lieder composer has been attributed to his ability to enter into the spirit of the poem, and convincingly communicate it in music. Schumann set nearly forty of Heine's poems to music. Among his most successful songs are from Adelbertvon Chamisso's Frauenliebe und Leben.

Keywords:   Robert Schumann, solo piano, lieder, solo voice, Adelbertvon Chamisso, Frauenliebe und Leben

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