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Why Classical Music Still Matters$
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Lawrence Kramer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250826

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250826.001.0001

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But Not for Me

But Not for Me

Love Song and the Heartache of Modern Life

(p.110) Chapter Four But Not for Me
Why Classical Music Still Matters

Lawrence Kramer

University of California Press

This chapter looks at love songs and the heartache of modern life. Given the Romantic premium on both feeling and individuality, the rise of art songs took place. It took the peculiar, loss-obsessed form. This form has survived so many historical changes and is still going strong. Poetic expression led the reader to restore, by sensing, thoughts, and feelings that would otherwise have lapsed with the voice. Song is supposed to both animate the poet's missing voice and to demonstrate the fullness of meaning in what the voice expressed. The animation came from the singer's voice as it individualized the expressive character of the melody. The demonstration came from the piano as it showed understanding by evoking the mood appropriate to the voice.

Keywords:   romantic, poetic expression, interpret, protagonist

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