SCHUBERT WINTER JOURNEY RODERICK WILLIAMS / CHRISTOPHER GLYNN HHH HH JEREMY Sams' English translation of Wilhelm Muller
's bleak and spare verse of Schubert's song-cycle masterpiece Winterreise is clear and suitably laconic.
Marivaux, Mozart and Da Ponte operas, and Les Liaisons dangereuses are very different in spirit from Werther, Wuthering Heights, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, or Schubert's Lieder settings of Wilhelm Muller
The different images used by the poet Wilhelm Muller
fired the imagination of Schubert: 'Frozen Tears,' 'Wind Playing with the Weathervane,' 'Linden Tree,' 'Crow,' and 'The Hurdy Gurdy Man.' Schubert himself lived a miserable life, contracted a disease and died when he was just 32 years old.
It remains unclear whose obsession noted in the title is anatomized, but readers expecting to learn more about Schubert's Winter Journey will soon learn that one can write a 500-page small but surprisingly heavy book about the twenty-four songs Schubert set to the poetry of Wilhelm Muller
and yet rarely address the relationship of music and text.
The masterful setting of twentyfour poems by Wilhelm Muller
traces a solitary journey through a bleak winter landscape.
Through poems by Wilhelm Muller
, Winterreise tells of a jilted lover journeying through a cold, wintry landscape, revisiting his love experience in flashbacks, seeking escape and ultimately death by the end.
This impressive late 18th- or early 19th-century piece, confected of painted wood, rattan and feathers, was collected by Dr Wilhelm Muller
during the 1908-10 Hamburg South Seas Expedition (Michel Thieme Tribal Art).
Winter Journey echoes the posthumous works of its principal precursors, Wilhelm Muller
's poetry volume Die Winterreise, and the famous song cycle Schubert fashioned from it.
Dieter Borchmeyer's essay on Wilhelm Muller
offers only a short introduction, thereby ignoring the extensive literature on the outsider who in Rom, Romer und Romerinnen portrayed the Eternal City and its inhabitants as very real, sometimes even too real for art-seeking German visitors.
She began by trying to match each painting to a different song, but found as she went on that Wilhelm Muller
's poems, set to music by Schubert, were just too depressing and unrepresentative of her own view of winter.