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Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Secular & Sacred Music to 1900$
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Laurel Parsons and Brenda Ravenscroft

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190237028

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190237028.001.0001

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Josephine Lang, “An einer Quelle” (1840/1853) and “Am Morgen” (1840)

Josephine Lang, “An einer Quelle” (1840/1853) and “Am Morgen” (1840)

(p.174) 8 Josephine Lang, “An einer Quelle” (1840/1853) and “Am Morgen” (1840)
Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Secular & Sacred Music to 1900

Harald Krebs

Oxford University Press

Among the approximately 300 songs of Josephine Lang (1815–1880), there are several instances of setting the same text to strikingly different music. This chapter discusses Lang’s contrasting settings of two poems by Reinhold Köstlin. Her three settings of “Wenn das Herz dir ist beklommen” (two composed in 1840, the third in 1853) exhibit similarities in vocal rhythm and in motivic structure, but differ in key, in accompaniment pattern, and, most obviously, in mood. The two settings of “Am Morgen” (composed three days apart in 1840) are in the same key and share certain patterns of line repetition, but diverge in tempo, accompaniment pattern, and mood. Documentary evidence provides some possible explanations for Lang’s changes in her approach to the poems.

Keywords:   Josephine Lang, Reinhold Köstlin, multiple settings, declamation, harmony, accompaniment pattern

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