Review: Rentsch, Ivana, and Klaus Pietschmann, eds. Schubert: Interpretationen. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2014. 234 pp.


Byrne Bodley, Lorraine (2015) Review: Rentsch, Ivana, and Klaus Pietschmann, eds. Schubert: Interpretationen. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2014. 234 pp. German Quarterly, 88 (3). p. 379. ISSN 0016-8831

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Abstract

In Schubert: Interpretationen, Ivana Rentsch and Klaus Pietschmann bring together leading musicologists predominantly from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland to produce, individually and collectively, a sense of the current status and emerging trends in Schubert scholarship. The essays exemplify the trend of the last fifteen or so years to place music into dialogue with the texts and interpretive methods of theoretical, historical, and cultural analysis. While the editors outline in their preface how biography and historical context are important reference points in these essays, one of the great virtues of this volume is that it does not presume to create too trim a fit between the man who suffered and the mind that created. It fills out the historical record but stops short of presenting the composer’s music as a simple tit-for-tat consequence of his life; it allows the creativemindits ownmysterious ways.Twohundred years after his death, we are well and truly instructed in both the sentimental Schubert and the postmodern Schubert. Rentsch and Pietschmann’s volume of essays reminds us that the essential Schubert is still the secluded inner being, the one scholars find difficult to access, the composer who continues to play hide-and-seek in the pages of the Neue Schubert Ausgabe.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Ivana Rentsch; Klaus Pietschmann; Schubert; Interpretation;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Music
Item ID: 7454
Depositing User: Dr. Lorraine Byrne Bodley
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 11:02
Journal or Publication Title: German Quarterly
Publisher: Wiley
Refereed: Yes
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