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E. T. A. Hoffman's influence on Robert Schumann's Kreislerisna , OP. 16

by Kim, Chung-Ha.

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Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16 is highly influenced by two works of German Romantic writer E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822): his Kreisleriana essays, and his novel Lebensansichten des Katers Murr (Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr). All works are based on the fictitious character of Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler, a gifted musician who is at odds with the world around him. But the similarities between Op. 16 and Hoffmann’s works go even further than that: there are important stylistic and formal similarities between the works that are examined in this document. Other aspects that are discussed include German Romanticism, biographical information about Hoffmann and Schumann, fragmentation versus unity in their works, and performance and interpretation of Op. 16.
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School:University of Cincinnati

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