Date of Award

1-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Music

First Advisor

Jack Sheinbaum, Ph.D.

Keywords

Hoffmann, Influence, Kreisleriana, Literature, Piano, Schumann

Abstract

Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana, Op. 16 (1838), borrows its title from E. T. A. Hoffmann's set of essays concerning his literary alter ego, Johannes Kreisler. The character of Kreisler is most prominently featured in two of Hoffmann's works: the Kreisleriana essays (1814-1815) and his final novel, The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr (1820-1822). This thesis explores the influence of E. T. A. Hoffmann on Schumann's Kreisleriana, focusing on how structural principles derived from Hoffmann's Kreisler works--duality, creating and blurring boundaries, fragmentation and irresolution, and circularity--are at work in Schumann's composition. While others have treated the relationship between Schumann's Kreisleriana and the prose literature programmatically, drawing connections between specific passages in the music and the stories, this thesis discusses how the nature of the influence may be better understood through structural principles such as these.

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Alison Elizabeth Redman

File size

73 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Music, Literature, German Literature

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