Book Review

"Death in 'Winterreise': Musico-Poetic Associations in Schubert's Song Cycle," by Lauri Suurpää (Indiana University Press, 2014)

René Rusch
Author

(1)The discrepancy between Müller's ordering of the poems in the "Gedichte aus den hinter lassenen Papieren eines reisenden Waldhornisten II" (1824) and Schubert's ordering in his song cycle, coupled with the differences in keys between Schubert's autograph manuscript and the first edition, introduces layers of complications to the interpretive act, particularly if the preservation of authorial intent is understood to be the only pathway towards authentic statements about cyclic coherence and musical meaning. The textual analyses in the second stage of Suurpää's approach can seem unmatched, at times, by the rich observations that he draws from his analyses of the voice-leading structure in the first stage. As Suurpää explains, his turn to neo-Riemannian theory at this point in the discussion is motivated by a desire to illustrate coherence among the tonic keys of the individual songs, without relying on an underlying tonal center that organizes them into a hierarchy (175-76).

Journal Music Theory Online
Year 2014
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages np

Rusch, René (2014) Book Review: "Death in 'Winterreise': Musico-Poetic Associations in Schubert's Song Cycle," by Lauri Suurpää (Indiana University Press, 2014). In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/85511/.

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