The Para-musical Elements of the Artsong Recital: Towards a Taxonomy

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This project examines para-musical elements - aspects beyond or alongside the purely musical - that may be considered in both preparation and performance of artsong for voice and piano, and employs Franz Schubert's Winterreise (1827/8) as a case study. The performance history of Schubert Lieder is summarised, with a focus upon: written documents and artworks of performances from Schubert's time and the mid-nineteenth century; video recordings of recitals to identify differing treatments; and recitals presented by the author to further the research process. Informed by these historical perspectives and recitals, a taxonomy is developed that incorporates para-musical elements: a "performer's checklist".
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Bannan, Nicholas, Supervisor
  • Sun, Cecilia, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date19 Jun 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020


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