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    Considering Music and Poetry in Josephine Lang’s Goethe Lieder

    Kenny, Aisling (2008) Considering Music and Poetry in Josephine Lang’s Goethe Lieder. Maynooth Musicology: Postgraduate Journal, 1. pp. 121-139.

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    Josephine Lang (1815-1880) was one of countless composers who set Goethe’s poetry to music. She set thirteen of his poems in total, most of which were composed from 1830 to 1840, a most prolific period during which she composed some of her finest Lieder. Lang’s Goethe settings are unique among her Lieder output in that his poetry, (like the poetry of Heinrich Heine) elicited a sophisticated musical response from her. Lang excelled at the challenge of interpreting the poetry of these two major literary figures and, in her songs, identified with what Henry Hatfield deemed as Goethe’s ‘pouring forth of emotion’ in his art. Her preference for Goethe’s poetry in the early stages of her career is highly significant. Analysing her approach to text setting can aid a deepening of our understanding of Lang as a composer of Lieder, while also examining how Goethe’s poetry can be interpreted in song.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Music; Poetry; Josephine Lang; Goethe Lieder; Maynooth Musicology;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Music
    Item ID: 9460
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 11:14
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Musicology: Postgraduate Journal
    Publisher: Maynooth Musicology
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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