2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

A Tale of Two Ludwigs: Shared Forms Between Music and Literature
Brian S. Jacob
Dr. David Partenheimer and Dr. David McKamie, Faculty Mentors

I will compare Beethoven's expansion of sonata-allegro form in the first movement of his fifth symphony to Tieck's adaption of the oral fairy-tale to a literary Kunstmärchen in his work, Der Blonde Eckbert, both of which are from the early Romantic period. Tieck and Beethoven evolved forms that previously were meant to be easily understood and enjoyed by viewers in order to capture more intense emotional and psychological phenomena in their works. While the musical structure is too rigid to be exactly duplicated in literature, there are still common elements to both art forms. A careful examination of the similarities and differences between the methods and forms through which this is achieved allows us to understand the relationship between the verbal and musical arts as well as some artistic principles of German Romanticism. This is report is part of a larger comparison between the two men and their art.

Keywords: German, Literature, Music, Beethoven, Tieck, Romanticism, Märchen, Sonata-Allegro


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 206-1
Location: VH 1232
Time: 9:30

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