Franz Schubert’s Use of Harmony To Express the Texts in His Musical Settings of Franz Grillparzer's Poetry
AdvisorBrobeck, John T.
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AbstractFranz Schubert (1797-1828) is perhaps best known for his artistic development of German Lieder. Schubert’s choral songs with poetic texts, however, have been given little attention, especially with regard to his treatment of harmony. Three vocal works, the art song Bertha’s Lied in der Nacht, D 653, the part-song Ständchen, D 920, and the cantata Mirjams Siegesgesang, D 942, are Schubert’s only musical settings of the texts of the Austrian poet Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872). This paper will focus on the harmonic elements in these works and their abilities to express the text. Harmonic motives, as discussed in the analysis of Brian Black, serve as descriptors for Schubert’s harmonic expression of text on the micro and macro levels. Schubert has been both lauded and berated for his incorporation of chromatic harmony. This document suggests that the study of the relationship between Schubert’s choice of harmony and his text setting is key to understanding his artistry as a composer and essential to interpreting these works as a performer.
Degree ProgramGraduate College