||Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) composed approximately 350 songs, many of which were written in an amazing brief time span with a keen intellect. This study mainly discusses six selected songs from the songbook Gedichte von Eduard Morike. The purpose of this study is to examine the kinship between Wolf’s music and Morike’s poetry by analyzing the melody, harmony, and poetic rhyme scheme of these songs. |
This lecture-recital document contains the following five main sections: the biographical information about Wolf, the musical characteristics of Wolf’s lieder, the stylistic character of Morike’s poetry, the background of Wolf’s composing the songbook Gedichte von Eduard Morike, and a performance analysis of six selected songs of Morike’s lyrics by Wolf. Each song exhibits Wolf’s intuitive sense of blending word and sound. The new declamatory style, effective harmonic subtleties and expressive piano accompaniment are crafted to extract the essence of the poetry in Wolf’s songs.