Retracing a Winter's Journey: Schubert's Winterreise

Retracing a Winter's Journey: Schubert's Winterreise

Susan Youens


i admire those songs larger than the entire leisure, and sometime you are going to too, Franz Schubert advised the buddies who have been the 1st to listen to his track cycle, Winterreise. those lieder have continually came across admiring audiences, however the poetry he selected to set them to has been largely considered as susceptible and trivial. In Retracing a Winter's trip, Susan Youens seems not just at Schubert's tune yet on the poetry, drawn from the works of Wilhelm Müller, who as soon as wrote in his diary, "perhaps there's a kindred spirit someplace who will listen the tunes in the back of the phrases and provides them again to me!"

Youens keeps that Müller, in depicting the wanderings of the alienated lover, produced poetry that used to be easy yet no longer simple-minded, poetry that embraced simplicity as a part of its that means. In her view, Müller used the ruder folks kinds to offer his verse larger immediacy, to show extra powerfully the wanderer's complicated internal country. Youens addresses many alternative features of Winterreise: the cultural milieu to which it belonged, the genesis of either the poetry and the song, Schubert's transformation of poetic cycle into tune, the philosophical measurement of the paintings, and its musical constitution.

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