SC MUSC 110 - 20 Art Song (10 pages)

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University Of South Carolina-Columbia
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Musc 110 - Introduction to Music
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INSTRUCTOR S MANUAL CHAPTER 20 ROMANTIC MUSIC THE ART SONG COMPOSERS AND COMPOSITIONS SCHUBERT ERLK NIG A Historical background Schubert composed this work in 1815 when he was seventeen years old Schubert s longtime friend Josef von Spaun wrote a famous account of the ballad s composition We found Schubert all aglow reading the Erlk nig aloud from the book He paced up and down several times with the book suddenly he sat down and in no time at all just as quickly as one can write there was the glorious Ballad finished on the paper We ran with it to the Seminary for there was no pianoforte at Schubert s home and there on the very same evening the Erlk nig was sung and enthusiastically received Deutsch Memoirs 131 The Schubert scholar Maurice Brown believes Spaun s account is most likely a compression of several events especially since Schubert normally made preliminary sketches for his works Brown suggests that either his friends came upon him near the completion of a longer composition process or Schubert s performance at the college was based upon sketches which he later amplified into a complete score Brown 46 47 In any event audiences have been moved by this ballade for close to two hundred years not because of the rapidity of composition or the fact that Schubert wrote it at the ripe age of seventeen but because it evokes such a visceral response in the audience B Analysis A successful performance of Erlk nig requires the skills of professional musicians both as soloist and accompanist and even then disaster lurks in the wings To convey the difficulty of the technical requirements challenge students to play air piano in the privacy of their own room of course while listening to the recording They will find their wrists locking up about a third of the way through the ballade 1 The endurance required from the vocalist is different but no less significant While the range is not 1 Schubert himself found the accompaniment nearly impossible to play and altered the



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