Singing Schumann : An Interpretive Guide for Performers
To restrict performance of the Schumann Lieder to the "familiar forty" is to deprive the singer and pianist of a major reservoir of superior song. Thus Singing Schumann not only takes an in-depth look at the widely performed middle and late Lieder, it also fully reconsiders the early songs. Offering the same readability and informed insights in this volume that distinguished his acclaimed On the Art of Singing (OUP 1996), Miller presents a practical manual to help singers and pianists bring Robert Schumann's Lieder to life in performance. He also provides cogent suggestions for interpretation of all of Schumann's solo and duet songs, useful pointers that are grounded in a thorough understanding of Schumann's compositional style and its full historical background.
- Paperback | 260 pages
- 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
- 19 May 2005
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- Revised ed.
- 2 halftones, 87 music examples
About Richard Miller
In addition to his long and distinguished performance career, Richard Miller is internationally known for master classes in systematic vocal technique and artistic interpretation. He is Director and Professor at the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center at Oberlin College, and has written several books and articles.
"...he provides both a closely reasoned argument...and a deeply felt diary revealing a mature, intellectual, and passionate performer's and pedagogue's life experience with Schubert's songs....An important wake-up call for students of singing and for scholars who have not explored beyond the obvious masterworks of 1840, this book is a new classic, recommended for all academic and professional collections."-Choice "Professor Miller's knowledge of this field is staggering. . . . I marvel at the author's ability to write clearly, engagingly, and often with humor." -William McIver, Professor of Voice, University of North Carolina, Greensboro "Singing Schumann is a strikingly brilliant and remarkably enlightening work, skillfully conceived and lovingly written. Unquestionably the most important treatise on Schumann Lieder to emerge in nearly two decades, it is a masterful blending of keen insight and strong conviction." -Gary Arvin, Professor of Vocal Coaching and Repertoire, Indiana University School of Music "...[an] invaluable study....As a keen-eared musical and literary critic, writing confidently yet undogmatically in lithe prose, Miller will be enjoyed every bit as much by the listener...as by the performer....[a] refreshing, demanding and often compelling study."-Hilary Finch, BBC Music
Table of contents
Why This Book Was Written ; 1. Robert Schumann as Song Composer ; 2. Performance Practices in the Schumann Lieder ; 3. Liederkreis (Heine), Opus 24 ; 4. Myrten, Opus 25 ; 5. Kerner Lieder, Opus 35 ; 6. Reinick Lieder, Opus 36 ; 7. Ruckert Lieder (Zwolf Gedichte aus "Liebesfruhling"), Opus 37 ; 8. Liederkries (Eichendorff), Opus 39 ; 9. Funf Lieder (Andersen and Chamisso), Opus 40 ; 10. Frauenliebe and -leben, (Chamisso), Opus 42 ; 11. Dichterliebe (Heine), Opus 48 ; 12. Opus 45 and Opus 57 ; 13. Opus 53 ; 14. Some Other Early Lieder: Opuses 27, 30, 31, 49 ; 15. Opus 127 and Opus 142 ; 16. Opus 51 ; 17. Opus 64 ; 18. Opus 77 ; 19. Liederalbum fur die Jugend, Opus 79 ; 20. Opus 83 and Opus 87 ; 21. Sechs Gesange, Opus 89 (von der Neun), and Opus 90 (Lenau) ; 22. Drei Gesange (Byron), Opus 95, and Opus 96 ; 23. Lieder and Gesange aus Wilhelm Meister (Goethe), Opus 98a ; 24. Sieben Lieder (Kulmann), Opus 104, Opus 107, and Vier Husarenlieder (Lenau), Opus 117 ; 25. Opus 119, Opus 125, and Maria Stuart Lieder, Opus 135 ; 26. Solos and Duets from the Ensemble Collections: Opuses 29, 34, 37, 43, 74, 78, 79, 101, 103, 112, 138 ; 27. Provenzalisches Lied, #4, Ballade, #7, Opus 139, and Der Contrabandiste, Opus 74, App.