Involvement In Resurrecting J. S. Bach Analysis

Improved Essays
Schumann’s Involvement in Resurrecting J.S. Bach

As editor and writer for his own music journal, Neue Zeitscrift für Musik, Robert Schumann made it his personal mission to write about worthy composers and lift them up as examples to the music community. He was tired of the “Philistines” of the current music establishment, such as Wagner and Meyerbeer, who he felt were commercial and pretentious. He brought Brahms and Chopin to Germany’s notice, because he felt that their music was “honest craft.”

When Schumann discovered the works of J.S. Bach, he readily used his literary platform to inform the public Bach’s worthiness. Mendelssohn, Schumann’s respected friend, showed him Bach’s choral works. They both fell in love with the work “Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele.” Schumann commented on this piece to Mendelssohn, “Round the cantus firmus hung the golden garlands of
…show more content…
It is full of noble expression—and the last movement might almost remind one of a seascape, with its glorious waves of sound.” The “nobleness” of sound may be attributed to Schumann’s frequent use of the low range of the violin. The “significance” of its themes can be seen in the first movement, where the insistent rhythm drives the melody through passing from violin to piano.

The second movement, as described by Abrahm Loft, starts as if mid-thought, and rambles on in a wandering and whimsical fashion till it reaches the “glorious waves of sound” in the third movement. The violin and piano are instantly set in motion with running 16ths that build to reoccurring unison chords, creating a tumultuous sea of passion. In true Romantic style, his music evokes poetic images of the sea without being directly imitative or symbolic. Schumann’s music is honest and naturally is Romantic without trying to be. And the proof of his work is heard in Joachim’s own words.

-Michelle

Related Documents

  • Improved Essays

    Rebel Music In Daniel Felsenfeld’s narrative, he describes himself as a rebel, when it comes to the taste of music during his time. In the beginning of his narrative, Felsenfeld feels he is missing out on different aspects of culture, particularly music. At seventeen, he was a traveling, amateur, pianist. He was getting tired of playing the same music and started drifting from his passion.…

    • 791 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Music of the Third Reich During the Nazi regime, Hitler and his party members used propaganda as an integral method to promote the philosophies of the Third Reich. Due to Hitler’s lifelong passion for it, music became one of the essential avenues of Hitler’s propaganda messages. Bruckner, Beethoven and most Notably Wagner were just a few of the many composers whom were glorified by Hitler.…

    • 1347 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Great Essays

    Carissimi used this same structure in other secular cantatas. “In der Fremde” by Schumann was Evan third performance. Schumann became a composer because he failed as a pianist. The 1830s were the dawn of a…

    • 1208 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Great Essays

    MUH 171 9:30 AM Eastern Kentucky University Department of Music MUH 171 Music Appreciation FA 2016 CRN 11061 SYLLABUS Tue/Thu 9:30 AM Foster 100 (3 Credit Hours) Prof. James Willett james.willett@eku.edu Foster 306 phone 622-1345 A. Catalog Description: MUH 171 Music Appreciation (3). I, II. May not count toward a major or minor in music. Provides the general college student with a cultural background in music.…

    • 1573 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Beethoven Musical Museum

    • 1348 Words
    • 6 Pages

    Despite it originally being seen as a necessity by some, the abstraction of the musical museum is shown, in some ways, to negatively impact the musical world. While a new culture surrounding the concert halls has emerged, having the audience crave serious art, new composers like Brahms struggle to find a style that can win over the audience and square up in quality to the greatest of previous composers, like Beethoven. Others like Cage state that music must change, and the museum does not aid in that process. There are valid arguments for and against the musical museum, but despite one’s views, the museum has made an effect in the culture of concert halls as well as on the composers.…

    • 1348 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    His music was often had literacy, meaning and was connected by a literary theme or musical motto. Schumann also composed Lieder and was ranked second. He composed many Lieder for his fiancé, Clara. His common theme in his love songs was from a woman’s point of view.…

    • 330 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Nt1310 Unit 1 Review

    • 644 Words
    • 3 Pages

    “Good luck out there. Should you need to vomit, please do so away from the piano,” quipped the competition organizer. Out of all the days I could have woken up feverish and dizzy, it just had to be March 27, 2011, the day of the piano competition. Playing the piano for an unwelcoming panel of stone-faced adjudicators when everything I saw seemed to spin round-and-round was the last thing I wanted to do.…

    • 644 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Superior Essays

    The nineteenth century was a very important time for music, an age often defined by two composers - Ludwig van Beethoven and Gioachino Rossini. These two composers represented and were key to the development of that era’s musical powerhouses, German instrumental music and Italian opera respectively. Despite the composers’ similar importance to their respective genres, Beethoven and Rossini are often viewed as polar opposites with Beethoven reigning as superior; however, the veracity and connotation of this presentation is unclear. One can compare Beethoven and Rossini via their music’s structure, style, and subject matter. While they had somewhat opposing styles and executions of their musical ideas, these composers had a similar philosophy…

    • 1544 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In addition to singing in the choir, he played the School's three-manual organ and harpsichords. He accomplished a lot throughout his life and made hundreds of pieces of music. He brought a lot of enjoyment through his work. Now he is known as one of the best composers of all time.…

    • 421 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Brian Landrus, a true prodigy in the art of playing deep-toned woodwind instruments, governs an amazing orchestra on Generations, a solid work sparkling with thoughtful arrangements and unusually fetching sounds. The band lineup includes illustrious artists known for their creative contemporary vein such as flutist Jamie Baum, trombonist Alan Ferber, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, tuba player Marcos Rojas, violinist Mark Feldman, vibraphonist Joe Locke, bassist Lonnie Plaxico, and drummer Billy Hart, among many others. “Jeru Concerto”, a well-worked opus divided into four movements, opens the record with strength of character. On the first movement, there’s consonance in the musicians’ activity.…

    • 457 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    “Earth’s Song” is a two movement suite for piano, violin, and viola. Each movement is inspired by some beautiful aspect of nature, and seeks to paint a picture of nature’s masterpieces through music. The first movement, titled “Morning Lake,” depicts a young couple rowing a boat on a calm lake. The couple sets up their rowboat right before a sunrise. At the very beginning of the movement is a calm, beautiful section, which is meant to depict how peaceful, calming, and relaxing it is to float on water while basking in the sounds of the early morning: with birds, insects, and stillness.…

    • 1798 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was an Austrian composer and pianist that created a variety of concertos, operas, symphonies, and sonatas. Many of these changed the way classical music was written and even performed. Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was capable of playing many instruments and he began playing in public at the age of six. In the years following years Mozart composed hundreds works of art that were marked both by fascinating emotions, and sophisticated textures. Mozart was born into the world of music being as his father was a successful composer himself.…

    • 1643 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Beethoven, again only introduced the first movement: I. Allegro Moderato. Dr. Yu-Mei Huang (violin), Brendan Townsend (cello), and Dr. Fritz Gechter (piano), were an all absolutely outstanding trio and show cased a beautiful composition of Chamber Music. As being recognized as a student of Dr. Huang’s, it is a great honor to watch her play, the perfect pitch of the notes she plays are so pleasing to hear and her bow stroke is like watching a napkin tied to a string gracefully flying in the air. Professor Townsend’s ability in playing the cello gives off great satisfaction; the way the cello is able to drag out the duration of a notes’ pitch is so beautiful and comes together with the violin nicely. Dr. Gechter’s verse on piano is played throughout the entire piece, allowing the listener to hear the melody throughout the instruments while they work along sides each other transferring the melody to one…

    • 826 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Bach Cantata No 140

    • 332 Words
    • 2 Pages

    J.S. Bach was a German composer and musician in eighteenth-century. He serves at courts. He has three most important positions. There were at Weimar, Cöthen and Leipzig. He has little responsibility at Cöthen and Leipzing.…

    • 332 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Written Commentary Haydn’s Symphony No 45 F# Minor For this assignment, we were asked as a group to compile a resource pack which would facilitate a discussion on Haydn’s Symphony No 45 in F# Minor and Mozart’s Fantasy No 4 in C Minor. One of the tasks we received on Haydn’s Symphony No 45 in F# Minor was to complete a tabular analysis.…

    • 1202 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays