Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
This written document compares three songs settings of Othmar Schoeck to three other settings, written to the same text, by Hugo Wolf, Alban Berg, and Franz Schubert. The three pairings discussed are as follows: Schoeck’s Er ist’s (1937) as compared to Hugo Wolf’s setting, 1888; Ergebung (1918) as compared to Alban Berg’s setting Es wandelt, was wir schauen, 1908 (both settings were set to the same text); Rastlose Liebe (1909-1914) as compared to Franz Schubert’s setting, D. 138 (1815). Each comparison discusses how the respective composers treated text, dynamics, melody, harmony, and various other musical elements. The comparisons will show Schoeck to possess a compositional style that featured a mixture of Romantic and early 20th century traits. Salient points in Schoeck’s life and their effects on his compositional style and career are also discussed.
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Richter, Travis Archie, "A comparative study of and performer's guide to selected songs by the Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck" (2011). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 3524.