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This document argues that the defining stylistic features of Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 can be directly traced through an evolution of style in the following works: Christian Gottlob Neefe’s “Das Todtenopfer” from Bilder und Träume (1798); Beethoven’s “Busslied” from Sechs Lieder von Gellert (1803); and Beethoven’s An die Hoffnung, Op. 94 (1815). This document focuses primarily on the stylistic features of fermati, modulations, changes in tempo and texture, and text setting. These features are examined through comparative musical analysis within the historical context of single affect poetry and Lieder composition of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It was found that An die ferne Geliebte successfully answered Goethe’s aesthetic problem of how to pair multiple single affect poems together as a coherent whole, without violating the aesthetics of the poetry. The results of the analysis further distance An die ferne Geliebte from the German Romantic song cycle compositions that followed chronologically, and place An die ferne Geliebte at the pinnacle of single affect Lieder composition.
An die ferne Geliebte; Beethoven; Goethe; Neefe; Christian; Ries; Ferdinand
Music | Theatre and Performance Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
August Mccullough, William George, "Models for Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98: A Stylistic Analysis" (2015). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2514.
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