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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


The themes of death are common throughout the genre of German Lied. However, fear is a much more subjective emotion that is often overlooked in textual and musical analysis of death. Schubert’s works “Erlkönig” and “Der Tod und das Mӓdchen” both illustrate situations of death, but they also include a deep permeation of fear. However, fear is dealt with differently between these two works, both in terms of historical context and importance as well as in general harmonic setting. This annotated bibliography includes sources that describe in detail Schubert’s compositional style, his approach to both the text and musical setting of both of these works, as well as sources which discuss practical and historical analysis of works composed by Schubert in an attempt to discover the true relation of fear and death within these two works.

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