Date of Graduation
Master of Music
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.
Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder, Schenker, analysis, music theory, Rückert, Lieder
© Gabriel Quinton Fleetwood
Fleetwood, Gabriel Quinton, "Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder: Connecting The Movements Of The Song Cycle Through Schenkerian Analysis" (2016). MSU Graduate Theses. 2960.