Wenn in time: Linguistic moments in robert schumann's Dichterliebe
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AbstractThat song is both a concrete musical entity and an abstract metaphor for romantic subjectivity is the central paradox of musical lyricism. This paradox lends the lyric mode in music a self-consciousness that is, I believe, linguistic in character. It invites the listener to hear musical gestures both as signs that participate in the teleology of tonal discourse, and as sounds; and such sounds, in turn, are experienced viscerally at the same time that they serve as an abstract ideal of pure, natural expression. The present article examines, with reference to Schumann's Dichterliebe, the aesthetic and discursive bases for lyricism's engagement with temporality. Two "linguistic moments" from Schumann's Dichterliebe illustrate how the dialectic between sign and sound plays with the various parameters of musical discourse, reflects or comments upon its own artifice, and breaks the illusion that music is a transparent medium of expression. Finally, the semiotic implications of lyricism's engagement with temporality are explored with reference to Nietzsche's conception of the Augenblick. © 2014 koninklijke brill nv, leiden.
All Author(s) ListSu Yin Mak
Journal nameKronoScope
Year2014
Month1
Day1
Volume Number14
Issue Number1
PublisherBrill
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Pages51 - 70
ISSN1567-715X
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsDichterliebe, lyrical Moments In Music, Music And Time, Musical hermeneutics, parataxis, Robert Schumann

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