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Youens, Susan

Works: 49 works in 168 publications in 3 languages and 9,011 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings  History  Songs and music  Manuscripts  Songs  Chamber music  Art music  Filmed performances  Song cycles 
Roles: Author, Writer of accompanying material, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Speaker, wat
Classifications: ML410.S3, 782.42168092
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Most widely held works by Susan Youens
Hugo Wolf and his Mörike songs by Susan Youens( )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 2,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Viennese composer Hugo Wolf produced one of the most important song collections of the nineteenth century when he set to music fifty-three poems by the great German poet Eduard Mörike. Susan Youens reappraises this singular collaboration to shed new light on the sophisticated interplay between poetry and music in the songs. Wolf is customarily described as 'the Poet's Composer', someone who revered poetry and served it faithfully in his music. Yet, as Youens reveals, this cliché overlooks the rich terrain in which his songs are often at cross purposes with his chosen poetry. Although Wolf did much to draw the world's attention to the neglected Swabian poet, his musical interpretation of the poetry was also influenced by his own life, psychology and experiences. This book examines selected Mörike songs in detail, demonstrating that the poems and music each have their own distinctive stories which at times intersect but also diverge
Retracing a winter's journey : Schubert's Winterreise by Susan Youens( )

17 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I like these songs better than all the rest, and someday you will too, Franz Schubert told the friends who were the first to hear his song cycle, Winterreise. These lieder have always found admiring audiences, but the poetry he chose to set them to has been widely regarded as weak and trivial. In Retracing a Winter's Journey, Susan Youens looks not only at Schubert's music but at the poetry, drawn from the works of Wilhelm Müller, who once wrote in his diary, "perhaps there is a kindred spirit somewhere who will hear the tunes behind the words and give them back to me!"Youens maintains that Müller, in depicting the wanderings of the alienated lover, produced poetry that was simple but not simple-minded, poetry that embraced simplicity as part of its meaning. In her view, Müller used the ruder folk forms to give his verse greater immediacy, to convey more powerfully the wanderer's complex inner state. Youens addresses many different aspects of Winterreise: the cultural milieu to which it belonged, the genesis of both the poetry and the music, Schubert's transformation of poetic cycle into music, the philosophical dimension of the work, and its musical structure
Schubert's poets and the making of lieder by Susan Youens( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lieder began with words, with the composer's discovery of a poet and a poetic work, but the scholarly study of lieder has tended to bypass those origins. Schubert's choice of poets has traditionally come under fire for the preponderance of mediocre talent, and yet many of these writers were highly esteemed in their day. In this book, the author has chosen four such poets - Gabriele von Baumberg ("the Sappho of Vienna"), the young war-martyr Theodor Korner, Schubert's friend Johann Mayrhofer, and Ernst Schulze - in order to re-examine their live, works, and Schubert's music to their verse. Schubert gravitated to different poetic repertoires at different times in his life and for different musical purposes, such as the anticipation of Winterreise one hears in the Schulze songs or the radical tonal experimentation of the Mayrhofer songs
Schubert, Die schöne Müllerin by Susan Youens( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hugo Wolf : the vocal music by Susan Youens( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the virtual cottage industry of recent works on fin-de-sicle Vienna, Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) has been somewhat neglected, perhaps because he was the master of a small genre--the late Romantic lied--and never truly made his mark in the larger forms that command greater public attention. But in the realm of song, he is among the greatest inheritors of Schubert and Schumann, one who was both a traditionalist and a modernist. When the Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick disapprovingly dubbed Wolf "the Richard Wagner of the lied," he was paying oblique homage to Wolf's genius as a song composer in the most modern manner. In this book Susan Youens examines five aspects of Wolf's compositional art, each exemplifying a different synthesis of traditionalism and modernity and spanning his entire, tragically brief creative life, from his first efforts to his lapse into insanity in 1897. Wolf's youthful imitations of Schumann (a common phenomenon at the time), his genius for comic songs of a kind unlike any of his predecessors, his part in the ballad revival of the late nineteenth century, Wolf in relation to his contemporaries, and his pursuit of operatic fame--in her investigation of these subjects, Youens discusses the poetic texts as closely as she does the music and includes numerous previously unpublished sketches and fragments, examples from songs now long out-of-print and difficult to obtain, and citations from Wolf's vivid letters and from other sources of the period. For lieder enthusiasts, this book has much that is new or little known to offer [Publisher description]
Schubert's late Lieder : beyond the song-cycles by Susan Youens( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Susan Youens introduces the poets Matthaus Collin, Johann Ladislaus Pyrker, Carl Gottfried Ritter von Leitner, Johann Anton Friedrich Reil, Franz von Schlechta, and Johann Gabriel Seidl, and discusses Schubert's songs to their poetry, revealing much about the poets and about Austrian history and culture."--Jacket
Schubert, Müller, and Die schöne Müllerin by Susan Youens( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collaboration of Schubert and the poet Wilhelm Müller produced some of the best loved of nineteenth-century lieder--in particular Die schöne Müllerin. Professor Youens shows how this archetypal tale of love and rejection is reflected in the poet's own experience. She considers other poets' explorations of the subject, and looks at other musical settings of Müller's mill poems. Above all she examines Müller's permutation of the literary legends as an exploration of erotic obsession, delusion, frenzy, disillusionment and death and the way in which Schubert altered Müller's vision when the poetic cycle became a musical text [Publisher description]
Heinrich Heine and the Lied by Susan Youens( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than any other poet, Heinrich Heine has provided composers for almost two hundred years with texts for music: more than eight thousand compositions to date. Nineteenth-century composers were drawn in particular to a limited selection of Heine's early lyrical works from the Buch der Lieder and the Neue Gedichte for their songs; poems such as 'Du bist wie eine Blume', 'The sea hath its pearls' and 'Was will die einsame Trane?' were set to music over and over again. In this book, Youens examines some of the reasons for Heine's popularity, especially the fact that composers in the second quarter of the nineteenth century were drawn to him for songs in radical styles, songs that redefined what Lied could be and do. Specific topics of this book include Schubert's fusion of reinvented song traditions with radical tonal procedures and the political meanings of poetry and song in Schumann's time."--Jacket
Men's songs, women's voices by Georgine Resick( )

2 editions published in 2004 in Multiple languages and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winterreise ; Moments musicaux, nos. 4, 6 by Franz Schubert( )

3 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schubert's Winterreise : a winter journey in poetry, image & song by Franz Schubert( Recording )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winterreise : the autograph score by Franz Schubert( )

5 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete songs by Franz Liszt( Recording )

1 edition published in 2010 in German and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schubert: "Die schöne Müllerin" by Susan Youens( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete songs by Franz Liszt( Recording )

1 edition published in 2015 in German and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The songs included here encompass everything from finely honed miniatures to big-boned epics of tragic import, and these compelling performances elicit from the multi-award-winning pairing of Finley and pianist Julius Drake a sense of paced drama and pathos which is rarely matched
The complete songs by Franz Liszt( Recording )

1 edition published in 2016 in German and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierrot lunaire( Visual )

2 editions published in 2015 in German and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music ancd religion in the French Reformation and Counter- Reformation by Susan Youens( Book )

5 editions published between 1975 and 1986 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The song cycles, Miller songs & poems and Winter journey = Die Schöne Müllerin and Die Winterreise by Franz Schubert( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winterreise by Franz Schubert( )

3 editions published in 1989 in 3 languages and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Schubert's poets and the making of lieder
Retracing a winter's journey : Schubert's WinterreiseSchubert's poets and the making of liederSchubert, Die schöne MüllerinHugo Wolf : the vocal musicSchubert's late Lieder : beyond the song-cyclesSchubert, Müller, and Die schöne MüllerinHeinrich Heine and the LiedSchubert's Winterreise : a winter journey in poetry, image & songSchubert: "Die schöne Müllerin"
Alternative Names
Susan Youens American musicologist

Susan Youens Amerikaans musicologe