Chapter

But Not for Me

Lawrence Kramer

in Why Classical Music Still Matters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250826
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933644 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250826.003.0004
But Not for Me

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This chapter looks at love songs and the heartache of modern life. Given the Romantic premium on both feeling and individuality, the rise of art songs took place. It took the peculiar, loss-obsessed form. This form has survived so many historical changes and is still going strong. Poetic expression led the reader to restore, by sensing, thoughts, and feelings that would otherwise have lapsed with the voice. Song is supposed to both animate the poet's missing voice and to demonstrate the fullness of meaning in what the voice expressed. The animation came from the singer's voice as it individualized the expressive character of the melody. The demonstration came from the piano as it showed understanding by evoking the mood appropriate to the voice.

Keywords: romantic; poetic expression; interpret; protagonist

Chapter.  7282 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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