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Title:The late choral works of Heinrich von Herzogenberg and their relationship to the heritage of specific choral genres
Author(s):Demaree, Robert Kyso
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Alwes, Chester L.
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:The late 19th century composer and scholar Heinrich von Herzogenberg, was, along with Philipp Spitta, one of the founders of the Leipzig Bach-Verein. Herzogenberg's interest in the music of the Baroque, most notably that of Bach, carried over into his own compositions. The influence of Johannes Brahms, a friend of Herzogenberg's, is also apparent.
In the last decade of his life, Herzogenberg turned to the composition of major sacred choral works. Five of these works belong to significant choral genres. The first of these, the Requiem, op. 72, was written in 1890. Less than two years later, Herzogenberg's wife Elisabeth, an outstanding musician in her own right, died unexpectedly. This event led Herzogenberg to compose a German requiem, the Todtenfeier, op. 80. In 1894, Herzogenberg composed the Mass in E minor, op. 87. Soon after completion of the mass, and at the urging of Friedrich Spitta, Herzogenberg produced two large Protestant oratorios, a Christmas work entitled Die Geburt Christi, op. 90, and Die Passion, op. 93, based on the Gospel according to St. John.
Each of these works follows compositional traditions related to the genres involved, and works by Bach and Brahms can be seen as primary influences on the works. This thesis examines each of these five late works with particular attention given to compositional procedures which are related to works of the same genre which preceded them. Stylistic features common among these works are detailed and historical information surrounding the genesis of each is given.
Issue Date:1996
Rights Information:Copyright 1996 Demaree, Robert Kyso
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9702498
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9702498

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