By Harald Krebs
Josephine Lang (1815-80) used to be essentially the most proficient, revered, prolific, and generally released track composers of the 19th century, but her existence and works have remained nearly unknown. Now, this conscientiously researched, compelling, and poignant examine acknowledges the composer for her outstanding accomplishments.
Based on years of analysis of unpublished letters, musical autographs, experiences, and the autobiographical poetry of Lang's husband, Reinhold K?stlin, the biographical parts of the publication supply a gorgeous portrait of the composer as a girl and an artist.
In-depth musical analyses interwoven with the biography can be illuminating to students and to musicians of all ability degrees. The analyses demonstrate Lang's sensitivity to her selected poetic texts, in addition to the validity of her declare that her songs have been her diary; the authors exhibit that a number of the songs are without delay attached to the occasions of Lang's lifestyles. The analyses are illustrated by means of an abundance of musical examples, together with a couple of whole songs. A significant other site, that includes 30 songs through Lang recorded by way of the authors, enhances the textual content.
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