Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:The musical settings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Harfenspieler poems: An analysis using Affektenlehre and Figurenlehre
Author(s):Lee, Ying Jie
Advisor(s):Magee, Gayle
Contributor(s):Gunn, Julie; Stone, Sylvia; Tilley, Michael
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):'Harfenspieler' poems
Baroque theories
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
Romantic lied interpretation
Abstract:This dissertation explores 18 settings of Harfenspieler poems from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe through the Baroque-era concepts of Affektenlehre (doctrine of affections) and Figurenlehre (theory of musical figures). This method of integrating Baroque theories into the analysis of Romantic music, which is not widely considered in scholarship, will be the focus of this paper. The thesis includes the historical background of Affektenlehre and Figurenlehre, relying heavily on Johann Mattheson’s principles, and a synopsis of the novel by Goethe to ensure a clear characterization of the Harper, along with the translations of the poems. I also present detailed analyses of these settings, based on one of the categories of Figurenlehre (figures of representation and depiction). By proposing this analytical method, I hope to widen the perspectives of interpreting Romantic lied, allowing underlying ideas to be understood by performers and enabling the desired affections of the text to be conveyed effectively to the audience.
Issue Date:2021
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Ying Jie Lee
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-07-09

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