Three Eichendorff lieder of Hans Pfitzner : study of musical and poetic affinity

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James D. Bumgardner (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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William Carroll

Abstract: "Joseph von Eichendorff relied upon the sounds of words to create a poetic atmosphere; this is metaphorical rather than literal. Hans Pfitzner rarely used overt text-painting (madrigalism), yet created highly evocative music. This, like the poetry of Eichendorff, is metaphorical interpretation rather than literal depiction; therefore, Pfitzner's Eichendorff settings lend compound illumination to the poetry. "Three Eichendorff Lieder of Hans Pfitzner: A Study of Poetic and Musical Affinity" explores three such settings. This project is limited to the examination of Pfitzner's setting of three Eichendorff poems: "Der Versp tete Wanderer," "Das Alter," and "In Danzig." To the best of the author's knowledge, each of these poems has received only one other musical setting. Analysis of the music and poetry will be for the purpose of demonstrating the affinity of Pfitzner's and Eichendorff's compositional aims, rather than to formal theoretical ends. Eichendorff's general stylistic traits will be noted, though extensive poetic analysis will be limited to the three poems at hand. Likewise, Pfitzner's general compositional traits will be set forth, and in-depth analysis will be reserved for the three Lieder topical to this study. Drawing on information gathered from examination of the poetry and Pfitzner's settings thereof, the present study will relate the compositional goals of Eichendorff and Pfitzner to show an affinity between composer and poet. Eichendorff's poetic intentions as interpreted by Pfitzner's music will be elucidated."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2007
Joseph von Eichendorff, poetic atmosphere, metaphorical, literal, Hans Pfitzner, madrigalism
Eichendorff, Joseph,--Freiherr von,--1788-1857
Pfitzner, Hans Erich,--1869-1949

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