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Studies in Music with Text$
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David Lewin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182088.001.0001

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Auf dem Flusse: Image and Background in a Schubert Song

Auf dem Flusse: Image and Background in a Schubert Song

(p.109) Chapter Five Auf dem Flusse: Image and Background in a Schubert Song
Studies in Music with Text

David Lewin

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the relation of musical structure to textual imagery in Franz Schubert's song Auf dem Flusse, from Die Winterreise. First, it develops a general critical stance toward the relation of music and text in Schubert's songs. The chapter then offers a reading of the text for this specific song. According to this reading, the text is in a sense “about” the creation and evaluation of a poetic image. From a theoretical view, the aspects touched on are of a traditional sort: the length of musical sections vis-à-vis text sections, tonality, modality, the relations of the vocal line to the soprano and bass lines of its accompaniment, and motivic rhythms.

Keywords:   musical structure, textual imagery, Franz Schubert, Auf dem Flusse, Die Winterreise, music, text, songs, poetic image, tonality

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