ROBERT SCHUMAN'S SONGS.
Analysis of Opus 48, No. 16. "Die alten bosen Lieder." The musical theme of this 1840 song. Development of the vocal melody. Heinrich Heine's lyric poem as the source of the lyric. Its place in Schuman's song cycle. How it is interlocked with Song 15. Relationship between songs 12 and 16.
Robert Schuman was born June 8, 1810 in Zwickau, Germany, the son of a book publisher and writer. He showed early abilities in both music and... more
Robert Schuman was born June 8, 1810 in Zwickau, Germany, the son of a book publisher and writer. He showed early abilities in both music and literature, though he was not considered a prodigy by any means. His sister and father died tragically when he was sixteen, and he was then sent to the University of Leipzig, where he studied law until he was able to convince his mother of his need to study music. His works are noted for their links to literature, and many of his compositions allude to characters or scenes from poems, novels, and plays. His music thus has an intimate relationship with the written word, and this is certainly true of the songs he wrote, such as "Die alten bösen Lieder."
This work (Op. 48, No. 16) was written in 1840. The song