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The Stillness of Time, the Fullness of Space: Four Settings of Goethe's “Wandrers Nachtlied”

The Stillness of Time, the Fullness of Space: Four Settings of Goethe's “Wandrers Nachtlied” Carl Zelter, Carl Loewe, Franz Schubert, and Franz Liszt all composed settings of Goethe's famous Nachtlied “Über allen Gipfeln.” Gathering multiple layers of rhyme and rhythm, Goethe's poem achieves a rare cogency that invests every syllable with musical significance. Each of the composed settings reflects this process of gathering in different ways, from Zelter's lulling rhythms and Loewe's processional harmonies to Schubert's landscape of echoes and Liszt's drama of cosmic assimilation. Thus this monad of a poem allows each composer to set afresh the temporal and spatial coordinates of human mortality. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png 19th-Century Music University of California Press

The Stillness of Time, the Fullness of Space: Four Settings of Goethe's “Wandrers Nachtlied”

19th-Century Music , Volume 40 (3): 12 – Mar 1, 2017

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0148-2076
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1533-8606
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10.1525/ncm.2017.40.3.189
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Abstract

Carl Zelter, Carl Loewe, Franz Schubert, and Franz Liszt all composed settings of Goethe's famous Nachtlied “Über allen Gipfeln.” Gathering multiple layers of rhyme and rhythm, Goethe's poem achieves a rare cogency that invests every syllable with musical significance. Each of the composed settings reflects this process of gathering in different ways, from Zelter's lulling rhythms and Loewe's processional harmonies to Schubert's landscape of echoes and Liszt's drama of cosmic assimilation. Thus this monad of a poem allows each composer to set afresh the temporal and spatial coordinates of human mortality.

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19th-Century MusicUniversity of California Press

Published: Mar 1, 2017

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