Schubert, Müller, and Die Schöne Müllerin

Cambridge University Press, 06.02.1997 - 245 Seiten
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The collaboration of Schubert and the poet Wilhelm Mller produced some of the best loved of nineteenth-century lieder - in particular the song cycle Die schne Mllerin. Professor Youens shows us how this archetypal tale of love and rejection, which has its origins in medieval romance, Minnesong and popular German legend, is reflected in the poet's own experience, the realms of art and life intertwining. Professor Youens considers other poets' explorations of the theme of a miller maid and her suitors, and looks at other musical settings of Mller's mill poems. But above all she examines Mller's permutation of the literary legends as an exploration of erotic obsession, delusion, frenzy, disillusionment and death and the way in which Schubert crucially altered Mller's vision when the poetic cycle became a musical text.

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hunters millers and miller maids
at the mill with other composers
sex and death in Mullers and Schuberts cycles

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