RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 43811268 LA English T1 Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis and the genre of the romantic cycle A1 Ferris, David,, PB Oxford University Press PP New York YR 2000 SN 0195124472 9780195124477 AB "Using Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis as his primary example, David Ferris proposes a new conception of the Romantic cycle. Rather than try to demonstrate that the cycle of songs creates a unified whole, he focuses on the ways in which the fragmentary and open-ended nature of the individual song implies a connection to something beyond itself. As Schumann experiments with small-scale form in his songs, he taps into our innate desire for closure, and thus creates the need for a larger context within which the individual piece can be placed. The context that the cycle provides, however, is itself discontinuous and open-ended, and so the tension between openness and closure is simply replicated on a higher level. In this way Schumann responds, in musical terms, to the Romantic themes of transcendence, ineffability, and infinite yearning that are central to the poetry that he set."--BOOK JACKET.