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Haydn's Sunrise, Beethoven's ShadowAudiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism$
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Deirdre Loughridge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226337098

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226337128.001.0001

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Shadow Media

Shadow Media

(p.123) Three Shadow Media
Haydn's Sunrise, Beethoven's Shadow

Deirdre Loughridge

University of Chicago Press

In 1775, Johann André published a through-composed setting of Bürger’s folk-style ballad “Lenore.” This chapter uses a 1781 salon performance of the setting as a shadow-play to demonstrate the new interactions between poetry, music and moving images being explored at this time, as well as their contribution to the rising status of through-composed lieder. The shadow-play offered a lesson in musical listening by directing listener focus away from the elements of composition and performance – where it normally centred – to the audiovisual experience these might conjure for the imagination. More than a response to changes in literature, then, the shift towards through-composition had to do with modes of reception and listening - with a wider transformation in the kinds of experiences available to consumers of culture.

Keywords:   shadow play, Lied, Gottfried Bürger, ballad, folk song, salon performance

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