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:A study of Herwig Reiter's 5 Lieder nach Texten von Friedrich Nietzsche
Author(s):Stingley, Mark
Advisor(s):Siena, Jerold
Contributor(s):Siena, Jerold; Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Carrillo, Carlos
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:Herwig Reiter's 5 Lieder nach Texten von Friedrich Nietzsche has not received the scholarly examination which it warrants. After a copy of the score was sent to me by good friend and colleague Professor Walter Moore, who is a close friend of Mr. Reiter, I was immediately enthralled by the song’s depth of poetry, beauty, richness of texture, compositional sophistication and by the fact that the five Lieder are relatively unknown. In this thesis I embark on a detailed poetic and formal analysis of the five Lieder. In order to attain a clear understanding of Reiter's five Lieder, I have also undertaken a comprehensive study of the score. This has involved making a literal translation and interpretation of each song, as well as comprehensively examining harmony, formal structure, melodic content, rhythm and texture. The thesis shows and confirms Reiter’s high regard for the melding of poetry and music. His exclusive use of the octatonic scale throughout the Lieder enables Reiter to shape, color and form the music to Nietzsche’s under-appreciated but passionate, first-rate poetry. An in-depth study of Nietzsche’s formative years, studies, philosophy and how these shaped his poetry is central to a deeper understanding of Reiter’s Lieder. My examination of Reiter’s compositional style reveals his deep regard for the music of Wagner, Bartók, Berg, and others; but he maintains a sense of originality, complexity and maturity that is uniquely his own.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Mark Stingley
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-04-20

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