Music and Literature in German Romanticism

Music and Literature in German Romanticism

Edited by Siobhán Donovan, Robin Elliott


Camden House



Essays on the synthesis of the musical and literary arts in German Romanticism.
The interrelationship between music and literature reached its zenith during the Romantic era, and nowhere was this relationship more pronounced than in Germany. Many representatives of literary and philosophical German Romanticism held music to be the highest and most expressive, quintessentially Romantic art form, able to convey what cannot be expressed in words: the ineffable and metaphysical. The influence was reciprocal, with literature providing a rich source of inspiration for German composers of both instrumental and vocal music, giving rise to a wealth of new forms and styles. The essays in this volume are selected from papers presented at an international, interdisciplinary conference held at University College Dublin in December 2000, and include contributions from Germanists, musicologists, comparatists, and performance artists. This interdisciplinarity makes for informed and complementary approaches and arguments. The essays cover not only the "Romantic" nineteenth century (commencing with the early Romanticism of the Jena circle), but also look ahead to the legacy, reception, and continuation of German Romanticism in the modern and postmodern ages. Alongside new readings of familiar and established writers and composers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, Wagner, and Schubert, a case is made for other figures such as Wackenroder, Novalis, Schlegel, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, and Berlioz, as well as less-known figures such as Ritter, Schneider, and Termen, and for a reconsideration of questions of categorization. The essays will appeal to readers with a wide variety of academic, musical, and literary interests.
Siobhán Donovan is a Lecturer in the Department of German at University College Dublin. Robin Elliott is Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music at the University of Toronto.


May 2004
16 black and white illustrations
266 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571132581
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC LIT004170, MUS006000
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Table of Contents

Iniquitous Innocence: The Ambiguity of Music in the Phantasien über die Kunst (1799) - Richard Littlejohns
The Cosmic-Symphonic: Novalis, Music, and Universal Discourse -
"Das Hören ist ein Sehen von und durch innen": Johann Wilhelm Ritter and the Aesthetics of Music - Thomas Straessle
Music and Non-Verbal Reason in E. T. A. Hoffmann - Jeanne Riou
Perceptions of Goethe and Schubert - Lorraine Byrne
Goethe's Egmont, Beethoven's Egmont - David Hill
A Tale of Two Fausts: An Examination of Reciprocal Influence in the Responses of Liszt and Wagner to Goethe's FaustFaust - David Larkin
Musical Gypsies and Anti-Classical Aesthetics: The Romantic Reception of Goethe's Mignon Character in Brentano's Die mehrenen Wehmüller und ungarische GeschichterDie mehrenen Wehmüller und ungarische Geschichter - Stefanie Bach
Stages of Imagination in Music and Literature: E. T. A. Hoffmann and Hector Berlioz - Andrea Huebener
The Voice from the Hereafter: E. T. A. Hoffmann's Ideal of Sound and Its Realization in Early Twentieth-Century Electronic MusicElectronic Music - Werner Keil
"My song the midnight raven has outwing'd": Schubert's "Der Wanderer," D. 649 - James Parsons
The Notion of Personae in Brahm's "Bitteres zu sagen denkst du": op. 32, no. 7: A literary key to musical performance? - Natasha Loges
Robert Schneider's Schlafes Bruder -- a Neo-Romantic Musikernovelle? - Juergen Barkhoff


(...) the conviction of music's ability to convey meaning, rather than to imitate or represent an external phenomenon as was generally accepted during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, lies at the heart of German Romantic aesthetics. This theme forms the central subject of discourse in Music and Literature in German Romanticism.... This book makes an important contribution presenting current approaches from diverse perspectives related to a unified theme. H-GERMAN

There is no doubt in this reviewer's mind that Music and Literature in German Romanticism is destined to be an indispensable reference-point for future interdisciplinary studies in this field. MLR

(O)f general interest to those exploring the interrelationship between music and literature during Beethoven's time.. THE BEETHOVEN JOURNAL

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