Download PDF by Suzannah Clark: Analyzing Schubert

By Suzannah Clark

ISBN-10: 0521848679

ISBN-13: 9780521848671

Whilst Schubert's modern reviewers first heard his modulations, they famously claimed that they have been over the top, ordinary and unplanned. This e-book argues that those claims have haunted the research of Schubert's concord ever considering that, outlining why Schubert's tune occupies a interestingly marginal place within the historical past of song thought. studying Schubert lines how critics, analysts and historians from the early 19th century to the current day have preserved loved narratives of wandering, alienation, reminiscence and trance by way of emphasizing the magical instead of the logical caliber of the composer's concord. This examine proposes a brand new procedure for reading the concord of Schubert's works. instead of pursuing an method that casts Schubert's recognized harmonic strikes as digressions from the norms of canonical theoretical paradigms, Suzannah Clark explores how the harmonic fingerprints in Schubert's songs and instrumental sonata kinds problem pedigreed behavior of considered what constitutes a conception of tonal and formal order.

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It also shows how Grove’s biography eclipsed Kreissle’s, despite the latter’s availability in English translation. See, for instance, Gibbs, The Life of Schubert, 166–167. 72 Grove, “Schubert,” 325 and 327. The particular turn of phrase was coined by Scott Burnham, Beethoven Hero (Princeton University Press, 1995), xvi. For a similar discussion on paradigms of tonality and sonata as “the way music goes,” see Susan McClary, Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality (University of Minnesota Press, 1991), 16.

This comes at the very point where Mayrhofer suggests that Schubert, like the singer, must wonder at God’s creation: “Er singt, er staunt in sich; was still ein Gott bereitet, befremdet ihn wie dich” (“He sings, he marvels inwardly; he wonders at God’s silent creation, as do you”). Another biographical anecdote compiled by Deutsch further suggests that we ought to read the prelude of “Geheimnis” with heavy doses of 39 See, for example, John Reed, The Schubert Song Companion (Manchester: Mandolin, 1997), 238–239.

50 That said, the content of Hu¨ttenbrenner’s outburst should not be summarily dismissed. It reveals that Schubert’s circle of friends were also of the view that Beethoven was a natural composer, and confirms that by mid-century attitudes were changing. Hu¨ttenbrenner’s falling-out with Mayrhofer is both testimony to the shifting trends in ideas about genius and a tacit acknowledgement that something was at stake. 51 Two years later, he was still seething over Schubert’s – and Beethoven’s – tarnished reputation: he complained to Beethoven’s famous biographer Alexander Wheelock Thayer about “The orthodox people in the Vienna Court Chapel who stupidly presume to call Beethoven and Schubert natural composers ?!

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