Robert Schumann’s and Richard Wagner’s 'Musikkritik': a stylistic analysis.

01 October 2012 → 30 September 2016
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of language studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Theory and methodology of literary studies
    • Other languages and literary studies
    • Art studies and sciences
stilistics Music criticism poetics
Project description

The stylistic opposition between Robert Schumann’s narrative and Richard Wagner’s polemic Musikkritiken exemplifies the rich formal variety within 19th century German Musikkritik. My study will examine the stylistic processes within the writings and situate them within a poetics of instruction vis-à-vis the reader which challenges previous notions of ‘romantic elitism’. As such, my project will accredit Schumann’s and Wagner’s fundamental innovation of the genre conventions of Musikkritik.