By David Lewin
Hailed by way of the hot Grove Dictionary of song (2nd version) as "the most unusual and far-ranging theorist of his generation," David Lewin (1933-2003) explored for over 4 many years how composers within the German culture set poetry and drama to song. He conceived stories in tune with textual content as a unified assortment, reproducing papers on track through Mozart, Schubert, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Babbitt, a lot of that have turn into classics within the fields of tune conception and ancient musicology. He additionally integrated new analytical essays on Mozart, Wagner, and Schubert, and supplied clean readings of chosen songs via Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms.
The analyses accrued right here specialise in how the song, from its small info to its huge formal schemes, engages the poetic and dramatic dynamics of the works to hand, and the way song and textual content enact one another reciprocally. A recurrent subject is the theatricality of texted tune for the live performance in addition to operatic degree, and Lewin's views supply many interpretive insights and conceptual views for the musical performer. A methodological eclectic, Lewin cultivated a magisterial command of old theories and proposal deeply approximately how these theories may possibly tell modern figuring out. Analytical types through Zarlino, Schenker, Riemann, Rameau, and Babbitt are introduced into play, and the variety of poetic and dramatic questions that emerge are explored, touching on inter alia mental and social identification, the relation of mental internal worlds to out of the ordinary fact, and the narrowly biographical and commonly ancient stipulations of creative construction. because it illuminates the richness and profundity of the language/music partnership, reports in song with textual content bargains incisive brooding about the scope--and limitations--of descriptive and analytical discourse approximately song.