Date of Graduation

Summer 2016

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

John Prescott

Keywords

Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder, Schenker, analysis, music theory, Rückert, Lieder

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

Gustav Mahler composed the song cycle Kindertotenlieder at the beginning of the 1900s. Depicting a mournful subject based on the poems of Friedrich Rü;ckert, the Lieder explore the different emotions and perspectives of a grieving parent who has lost his children to death. This discussion connects the movements of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder through a discussion of discoveries unveiled through Schenkerian analysis; harmonic, melodic, and motivic connections are highlighted throughout the composition. The tonal centers of the movements are discussed in an effort to illustrate the work as a whole, and not just as individual Lieder.

Copyright

© Gabriel Quinton Fleetwood

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