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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Schubert's 1826–1827 strophic songs: Innovations in musical coherence within a folk setting
by Kuljurgis, Carsten, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 90; 1490393
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis investigates the manner in which diverse musical elements are placed within balanced phrase structures to sustain a sophisticated, varied, continuous, and coherent whole in three strophic songs by Schubert, composed between 1826-1827. Original color-coded diagrams will highlight how musical aspects are interrelated. These diagrams have been developed as a type of formal analysis that combines both Schenkerian and Semiotic analytical methods. Topics discussed include phrase division, indication of conclusion, increase in range, change in motive repetition design, text emphasis with non-chord tones, relation of musical form to poetic form, and harmony and modulation. The three strophic songs by Schubert examined in this thesis are “An die Laute,” composed in January 1827, to a poem by F. Rochlitz; “Jägers Liebeslied,” composed in February 1827, to a poem by F. von Schober; and “An Silvia,” composed in July 1826, to a Shakespeare poem, with German translation by Eduard von Bauernfeld.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hickman, Roger
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, Music
Publication Number: 1490393
ISBN: 978-1-124-55006-0
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