Early Lieder

  • Module tutor: Professor Peter Seymour
  • Level: C/4 (1st year students), I/5 (2nd year students), H/6 (3rd year students)
  • Modules codes: MUS00027I, MUS00027C

Aims and content

This project is suitable for both singers and accompanists and will examine repertoire from the middle of the 18th century through to c.1840. We will study the various compositional schools including the Berlin Schools (CPE Bach, Reichardt, Zelter); the Schwabian School (Zumsteeg); Viennese School (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert); other 19th century composers including Mendelssohn, Loewe and Schumann.

We will study primary and secondary sources for Performance Practise focusing on compositional and performance style.  Keyboards used will include harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. There will be group workshops as well as individual coaching.

Assessment

Each ensemble will perform a 30’ programme either in week 10 of the Spring Term or in week 1 of Summer Term.

Reading and listening

  • Reed, J. The Schubert Song Companion. Manchester: Manchester UP (1985)
  • Sadie, S. The New Grove Dictionary… (online) Macmillan, London (2001)     
  • Articles on: Song; Pianoforte; Style
  • Sams, E. The Songs of Robert Schumann. London: Methuen / R.Eulenberg, (1969, R.1975)
  • Youens, S. Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin. Cambridge Music Handbooks, CUP (1992)
  • Youens, S. Schubert’s poets and the making of Lieder. Cambridge: CUP (1996)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the taught part of the project all students should:

  • be familiar with the Lieder of the principal composers under examination
  • have developed an understanding of the compositional techniques and performance expectations in the representative scores of each composer
  • have developed an awareness of the stylistic changes in the career of these composers
  • broadened their knowledge of issues concerning the stylistic individuality of each composer
  • have developed an enhanced understanding of communication of that emotion or idea

On completion of their independent work for this module, students should be able to:

  • devise a performance programme that demonstrates engagement with the musical material being performed
  • show knowledge and understanding of selected key ideas related to the early Lied
  • express and explain their own understanding in performance and thoughts about the chosen topics, advancing also some original ideas
  • perform repertoire from the period under study with an understanding of style and performance practice.
  • work effectively as part of a duo or ensemble

First years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes A1, A2, A6, A8

Second years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes B1, B2, B6, B8

Third years: On completion of the module, in their independent work, students should demonstrate Learning Outcomes C1, C2, C6, C8