By David Lewin
Hailed by way of the New Grove Dictionary of song (2nd variation) as "the most unusual and far-ranging theorist of his generation," David Lewin (1933-2003) explored for over 4 many years how composers within the German culture set poetry and drama to track. He conceived Studies in song with Text as a unified assortment, reproducing papers on song by means of Mozart, Schubert, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Babbitt, a lot of that have turn into classics within the fields of track idea and ancient musicology. He additionally incorporated new analytical essays on Mozart, Wagner, and Schubert, and supplied clean readings of chosen songs via Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms.
The analyses accumulated the following specialize in how the tune, from its small information to its huge formal schemes, engages the poetic and dramatic dynamics of the works handy, and the way tune and textual content enact one another reciprocally. A recurrent subject is the theatricality of texted song for the live performance in addition to operatic degree, and Lewin's views provide many interpretive insights and conceptual views for the musical performer. A methodological eclectic, Lewin cultivated a magisterial command of historic theories and idea deeply approximately how these theories may well tell modern figuring out. Analytical versions through Zarlino, Schenker, Riemann, Rameau, and Babbitt are introduced into play, and the variety of poetic and dramatic questions that emerge are explored, bearing on inter alia mental and social id, the relation of mental internal worlds to extraordinary fact, and the narrowly biographical and extensively old stipulations of creative production. because it illuminates the richness and profundity of the language/music partnership, Studies in track with textual content offers incisive wondering the scope--and limitations--of descriptive and analytical discourse approximately music.