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The Bachian Influence on Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana , Op. 16
by Giagtzoglou, Iason, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 26; 10825597
Abstract (Summary)

The Romantic Era saw the revival of Johann Sebastian Bach’s musical legacy. The romantics not only gradually acquired access to the majority of Bach’s music but were heavily influenced by his qualities as proven by their correspondence, their writings, and above all, their musical output. Robert Schumann was one of the most active and publicly visible figures in this revival. His frequent references to and reviews of Bach’s works and editions in his journal Neue Zeitschrift für Musik are his more conspicuous efforts to enthrone Bach as the epitome of musical excellence.

This paper investigates how Schumann’s thorough study of Bach’s works influenced his own musical output. My methodology will be mostly analytical, but I will not purely focus on the harmonic and the formal elements. I will present and analyze the baroque gestures which appear in selected movements of Kreisleriana, Op. 16. I will also compare some selected passages with examples of Bach’s music, not only to support my argument, but also to describe how Schumann elaborated and transformed the baroque qualities and values into his own style.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chou, Shun-Lin
Commitee: Doyle, Alicia M., Lindau, Elizabeth
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Musical composition, Music, Performing Arts
Keywords: Bach, Kreisleriana, Schumann
Publication Number: 10825597
ISBN: 978-0-438-27659-8
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