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Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven's Ninth

Christopher Alan Reynolds


During 1845–1846 Schumann and Wagner developed more contrapuntal approaches to composition. The extent to which their compositional styles changed in a common direction—toward a style that was both more contrapuntal, more densely motivic, and engaged in processes of motivic/thematic transformation—has largely gone unexamined. My aim is to show that the stylistic advances that Schumann and Wagner both made in Dresden in 1845–1846 stemmed from a deepened understanding of Beethoven’s contrapuntal techniques and strategies in the Ninth Symphony. Whether the original insights were Schumann’s or Wag ... More

Keywords: Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Beethoven, Ninth Symphony, Brahms, counterpoint, The Flying Dutchman, Lohengrin, Tristan and Isolde, J. S. Bach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520285569
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Alan Reynolds, author
University of California, Davis