Note:This scholarly essay 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 two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:Richard Strauss' Dehmel songs: Musical responses to the literary Jugendstil movement
Author(s):Rivera Del Valle, Humberto Carlo
Advisor(s):Carrillo, Carlos
Contributor(s):Carrillo, Carlos; Bashford, Christina; Redman, Yvonne; Gunn, Julie
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:Richard Strauss’ lieder output through his life was dominated by undeniable compositional eclecticism; from literary subjects, to its varied harmonic palette and very importantly his choice of poetry. During his middle song writing period, Strauss focused on setting poems by contemporary German writers associated with the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) movement. Richard Leopold Dehmel (1863- 1920), regarded as one of the main exponents of the Jugendstil literature, was a controversial figure whose poetic anthologies faced accusations of obscenity and Prussian government scrutiny. Notwithstanding, Dehmel's work proved inspirational for Richard Strauss and many other composers during the Fin-dè-siecle. A total of eleven Strauss songs composed between 1895 and 1901 are based on poems by Dehmel. It is fair to state that Dehmel was one of the poets Strauss set most often before focusing on the composition of vocal works for the stage. The purpose of this project is to discuss in depth four of the settings: Stiller Gang, Leises Lied, Am Ufer, and Notturno; while considering the whole song output as a collective. It is also my interest to identify and discuss if and how any characteristics inherent to Dehmel’s style are reflected in Strauss lieder.
Issue Date:2017-04-18
Publisher:School of Music. College of Fine and Applied Arts. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Humberto Carlo Rivera Del Valle
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-05-24

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