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A New Perspective on the Italian Songs of Franz Liszt: an Italian Perspective
Umstead, Randall A.

2009, DMA, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music : Voice.
This document addresses a gap in the scholarly study of Franz Liszt. It contends that Liszt currently is viewed as a composer who exhibits primarily German traits. His works, therefore, that fit the German stereotype, i.e. orchestral and piano works, receive the bulk of academic attention. While this contemporary view is largely valid, Liszt's Italian songs do not fit into this oversimplified, German view. This modern view of Liszt is analyzed, as well as the implications of this view. Evidence is reviewed that supports the notion of a strong Italian character to the vocal writing in Liszt's Italian songs, including historical evidence, similarity to the works of bel canto composers, and how the changes between his first and second verses of the Petrarch Sonnets reflect a change from an Italian character in the first versions to a more German character in the revisions.
Kenneth Griffiths, M.M. (Advisor)
Mary Henderson-Stucky, M.M. (Committee Member)
Barbara Paver, M.M. (Committee Member)
74 p.

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