Class Notes (839,590)
Canada (511,419)
HMU111H1 (63)
Lecture 5

Lecture 5.docx

4 Pages

Course Code
Mary Ann Parker

This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full 4 pages of the document.
Lecture 5: Intro to Romanticism Listening: Schubert, “Der Lindenbaum” Weber, Der Freischütz, Wolf’s Glen scene Reading from textbook: Chapter 18, with special focus on pp. 411-416 Chapter 19, pp. 460-461 Romantic Themes and Images  Romanticism first appeared in painting as a way of opposing academic and classical tendencies o NEOCLASSICAL. Also a romantic movement  Tragic and isolated young man (often a creeper XD) o Troubled by suicide, depression, etc.  Nature, especially trees, streams, the colour green, etc.  Hunting and horns! (upper class stuff)  Supernatural forces  Romanticized view of the medieval period  what does romanticism do to music? o Advent of programmatic music: instrumental music w/ ideas/stories! (literary nature) o cyclic structure (recurring theme) o complex harmony → unrelated keys. Tonal relationships and harmonic movement not always based on tonic and dominant o is not autonomous: free from notion that it must serve the words of a madrigal/opera  ideal mode of instrumental as premier mode of expression resulted in PROGRAM MUSIC Franz Schubert (1797-1828)  composed in almost every genre of his time  many characteristics of the Romantic Lied depicted in Schubert’s 600+ songs, many performed in his home: Schubertians  strong sense of harmonic colour: complex modulations, sometimes in long passages  set poetry often to the works of Goethe, and Muller  Der Lindenbaum  5 in a song cycle Die Winterreise (The Winter Journey) 1827 o Poems by Wilhelm Muller  About nostalgia of a lover revisiting in winter the haunts of a failed summer romance o Recalls lying under a linden tree dreaming of his love. A chilly wind rustles the branches, which seems to call him back to find rest, or death.  Modified strophic form marks progress of the story o First remembers summer love, major key o Second: changes to minor to suggest the chill of the winter o Third: heralds the cold wind with a new, declamatory melody o Fourth: returns to the major mode and original melody – more threatening than comforting.  Piano accompaniment = rustling leaves of the tree, later repeated, altered with chromatic harmonies  cold wind!  Horn call = romantic image! Evokes associations with nature and outdoors as well as distance – separation from beloved  Modified strophic form reflects the story  have to consider multiple things in lieder:  1) text setting: o how has composer chosen to organize the poetic verses into music  strophic: repeat same melody throughout different verses/stanzas  straight composed: music changes, nothing repeated  often has something in the middle: “modified strophic form” → perceived music is repeated, but with modifications  first 2 poetic stanzas = one musical verse  same music returns, but modified for the next 2 verses  second last poetic verse = different music  goes back to original theme, repeating the last verse (last 4 lines) → needs 8 lines to fit!  How does composer lay music over poetic text  form of: A A' B A''  2) second level of text setting: what does the composer do musically to intensify what is going on? o Structu
More Less
Unlock Document

Only page 1 are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

Unlock Document
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Unlock Document

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.