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Robert Schumann's mental illness has been regarded as having affected the quality of his compositions during the final years of his life. While works like Carnaval Op. 9 and Kreisleriana Op. 16 have always been a central part of the piano repertoire, Schumann's late compositions are viewed with some suspicion. His last work for piano, Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133, is no exception. Rarely performed, Op. 133 features a more complex musical language than Schumann's earlier works. While there is a growing body of research on Schumann's late style, no analyst has published an examination of Op. 133. In an effort to contribute to a better understanding of this set of miniatures, this treatise will focus on an analysis of its tonal structure, presenting discussions based upon Schenker's Theory of Levels.
Schenkerian, Schenker, Chromatic, Piano, Romantic, Schumann, Gesänge der Frühe
Date of Defense
December 5, 2008.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Read Gainsford, Professor Co-Directing Treatise; Michael Buchler, Professor Co-Directing Treatise; James Mathes, Outside Committee Member; Carolyn Ann Bridger, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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