2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Musical Settings of Goethe's "Mignon" in the 19th Century
Kathleen M. Redmon
Dr. Jacqueline Collett, Faculty Mentor

The words penned by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe have inspired composers since the 18th century. Originally written in 1795, Goethe's poem "Mignons Gesang," later part of his novel Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, is perhaps one of his most frequently set texts. In this presentation, settings of this poem by Ludwig van Beethoven (1809), Franz Schubert (1815), Robert Schumann (1849), and Hugo Wolf (1888) and their exploration of the relationship between text and music and differing compositional techniques will be discussed. Excerpts of each piece will be performed to demonstrate the different techniques used.

Keywords: Goethe, Mignon, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, German Lieder


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 40-3
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 1:45

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