Thesis Title

A Descriptive Study of Franz Schubert's Partsongs For Mixed Voices

Author

Nicole Offer

Date of Graduation

Summer 2001

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Guy Webb

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

Franz Schubert, composer of more than one thousand works written in less than fifteen years, created a musical legacy in his short lifetime. Although many of his works have been carefully examined, Schubert's choral partsongs for mixed voices have been largely overlooked. In this paper I will examine the subject of Schubert and his partsongs for mixed voices. My aim will be to: (1) provide an accurate definition of this genre; (2) study the history of Schubert and the partsong; (3) make a critical review of three partsongs by Schubert entitled Lebenslust, Der Tanz, and An die Sonne; (4) draw conclusions about the characteristics of his partsongs from the historical and musical evidence. I expect to find that this forgotten genre merits more attention than it has been given, and if studied, will reveal not only beautiful music and texts, but also valuable information about Schubert's life.

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© Nicole Offer

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