Evoking Spring in Winter: Some personal reflections on returning to Schubert's cycle

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Title Evoking Spring in Winter: Some personal reflections on returning to Schubert's cycle
Author Emmerson, Stephen Bryan
Book Title Music autoethnographies: making autoethnography sing / making music personal
Editor Brydie-Leigh Bartleet & Carolyn Ellis
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Abstract The process of interpretation that lies behind a performance of Classical music has traditionally been concealed and this paper offers insights into that process by identifying some of the factors involved. It reflects on aspects of my interpretation of Schubert's Winterreise, a work with which I have been involved for over a couple of decades. In particular it focuses in some detail on the opening bars of the song “Frühlingstraum”. The paper outlines some of my experiences with it and attempts to illuminate some of the issues lying behind why, at different times, I have chosen to play it in certain ways. This reflects on the potential of the phrase to convey a psychological state so much more complex than its simple materials might initially suggest. It considers the issue of how to balance its apparent cheerful simplicity with its potential for irony and nostalgia. The paper draws in the opinions of other musicians and acknowledges the influence of various recordings on the development of my interpretation. In particular it tells of a difference of opinion that arose in a rehearsal where the two musicians had a different concept of what this phrase should convey and how the resolution of that issue led to the development of a fresh interpretation.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.australianacademicpress.com.au/
Alternative URI https://www.australianacademicpress.com.au/books/details/138/Music_Autoethnographies
Copyright Statement Self-archiving is not yet supported by this publisher. Please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author(s) for more information.
Edition 1st
Chapter Number 6
Page from 101
Page to 120
ISBN 9781921513404
Date Accessioned 2009-12-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Faculty Queensland Conservatorium
Subject Music Performance
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29563
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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