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Lauri Suurpää , Death in Winterreise: Musico‐Poetic Associations in Schubert's Song Cycle ( Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 2014 ). xviii + 225 pp. $45 (hb.). ISBN 9780253011008.

Lauri Suurpää , Death in Winterreise: Musico‐Poetic Associations in Schubert's Song Cycle (... A long time in the making, Lauri Suurpää’s Death in Winterreise is a welcome addition to the literature on Schubert's second song cycle. The book is multifaceted: by providing close readings of the music and text of songs 14–24 of Winterreise , it deepens our understanding of these Müllerlieder . By considering larger organisational principles, it brings new perspectives on the ways these eleven songs cohere and contribute to a unified cycle. And by situating the cycle in a historical and aesthetic context, it invites the reader to contemplate the ways in which it emerges from a tradition and takes part in a broader aesthetic paradigm shift. Death in Winterreise begins by reviewing the cycle's complex genesis and considering the narrative traced by its twenty‐four poems. Two arguments are central here. First, Winterreise ’s second half is characterised by an ‘inner change’ that occurs in the protagonist, from a desire to regain the lost beloved to a desire for death (pp. 12–13). The wanderer's initial backward gaze – his memories of the past – is supplanted by a directedness towards the future that manifests itself as a desire for death. Secondly, the notion of death itself changes in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Lauri Suurpää , Death in Winterreise: Musico‐Poetic Associations in Schubert's Song Cycle ( Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 2014 ). xviii + 225 pp. $45 (hb.). ISBN 9780253011008.

Music Analysis , Volume 34 (3) – Oct 1, 2015

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Music Analysis © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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1468-2249
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10.1111/musa.12059
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A long time in the making, Lauri Suurpää’s Death in Winterreise is a welcome addition to the literature on Schubert's second song cycle. The book is multifaceted: by providing close readings of the music and text of songs 14–24 of Winterreise , it deepens our understanding of these Müllerlieder . By considering larger organisational principles, it brings new perspectives on the ways these eleven songs cohere and contribute to a unified cycle. And by situating the cycle in a historical and aesthetic context, it invites the reader to contemplate the ways in which it emerges from a tradition and takes part in a broader aesthetic paradigm shift. Death in Winterreise begins by reviewing the cycle's complex genesis and considering the narrative traced by its twenty‐four poems. Two arguments are central here. First, Winterreise ’s second half is characterised by an ‘inner change’ that occurs in the protagonist, from a desire to regain the lost beloved to a desire for death (pp. 12–13). The wanderer's initial backward gaze – his memories of the past – is supplanted by a directedness towards the future that manifests itself as a desire for death. Secondly, the notion of death itself changes in

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2015

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