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Brahms's song collections

Author: Inge Van Rij
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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"Brahms once complained that singers never performed his songs in the groups in which he had published them, which he likened to 'song bouquets'. Over a century later, many singers and musicologists continue to ignore Brahms's wishes and focus on the individual songs rather than the bouquet groups. This is the first detailed study of the implications of Brahms's comments. Following an examination of contemporary  Read more...

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Named Person: Johannes Brahms; Johannes Brahms; Johannes Brahms; Johannes Brahms; Johannes Brahms
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Inge Van Rij
ISBN: 0521835585 9780521835589
OCLC Number: 75269106
Notes: New Zealand author.
Description: xii, 271 p. : ill., music ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Context. Organicism ; Lyric cycles ; Self-reflexivity, fragments, and Hoffmann's Kater Murr ; Textual coherence in the song-cycle canon ; Key sequence ; Key characteristics and other alternative approaches to tonal sequence --
Conception to publication. Before composing : texts and notebooks ; From conception to arrangement : 'Heine cycles' ; Ordering for publication ; Titles and title pages ; Flower imagery --
Arrangement. Plot archetypes : sorrow to comfort ; Narrative ; Op. 32 as narrative ; Op. 57 as narrative ; Narrative elements in other bouquets ; Self-reflexivity ; Alternatives to narrative : juxtaposition and resonance ; Tempo, closure, and cyclic patterning ; 'Wie Melodien' --
Performance. Performance contexts ; Criteria in assembling a recital programme ; Gender and dramatic characterisation ; Identification between singer and narrator ; Tessitura, range, and performance by several singers ; Transposition ; Performance and coherence in the Ophelia-Lieder --
Reception. Reviews ; Responses of Brahms's acquaintances ; Identification of composer with narrator ; Dedicatory cycles and the composer's voice ; The graphic cycles of Max Klinger --
Cyclic Intent.
Responsibility: Inge van Rij.
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In considering the songs of Brahms in the groups in which the composer published them, rather than as individual entities, Inge van Rij presents a way of thinking about this much loved repertoire.  Read more...


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Review of the hardback: '... it is a dense, detailed exploration of an essentially academic subject ...' Classical Music

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