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On the Art of Singing$
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Richard Miller

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195098259

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.001.0001

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Seit ich ihn gesehen … kann ich jedoch singen!

Seit ich ihn gesehen … kann ich jedoch singen!

32 Seit ich ihn gesehen … kann ich jedoch singen!
On the Art of Singing

Richard Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Seit ich ihn gesehen, the opening song in Robert Schumann's cycle of eight songs comprising the set called Frauenliebe und -Leben. The recording industry has revitalized popular interest in the Lied as a performance vehicle. In the case of Seit ich ihn gesehen, the tiny bellows-like straight-tone crescendoing and decrescendoing of each syllable in the breathless, nonvibrant fashion found in some recent recordings becomes caricature-like. Who sings Frauenliebe und -Leben must be a sensuous, not an ectoplasmic, personality. The singer dare not circumvent vocalism that includes good resonance and balance or fall into a form of detached Sprechstimme. She can say, with pride, “Seit ich ihn gesehen, kann ich jedoch singen!” (Since having seen him, I can nevertheless sing!).

Keywords:   song, Seit ich ihn gesehen, Robert Schumann, Frauenliebe und -Leben, Lied, performance, recordings, vocalism

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