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Brahms's Late Spirituality

Title: Brahms's Late Spirituality: Hope in the Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121.
Name(s): Church, Lucy, author
Seaton, Douglass, professor directing thesis
Van Glahn, Denise, committee member
Buchler, Michael, committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This thesis presents a new interpretation of Johannes Brahms's Vier ernste Gesänge, op. 121. Foundational information is provided on Brahms's spirituality and knowledge of the Bible, his personal life surrounding the composition of the Vier ernste Gesänge, and his relationship to the philosophy of Schopenhauer, which has previously been connected to these songs. The unity of the cycle is also considered; although it has been widely claimed that the final song either does not belong in the set or is the weakest of the four, this interpretation argues for its validity and its importance in an overall understanding of the set. Key musical details are explored in each of the four songs and a conclusion is drawn: Brahms's choice of texts and musical settings of those texts point to a sense of hope which may be an indication of Brahms's own late spirituality.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3612 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: April 4, 2011.
Keywords: Lied, Brahms, Vier Ernste Gesänge, Spirituality, Bible, Art Song, Lieder, Op. 121
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Douglass Seaton, Professor Directing Thesis; Denise Von Glahn, Committee Member; Michael Buchler, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Church, L. (2011). Brahms's Late Spirituality: Hope in the Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121. Retrieved from