Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences / The Choral Cycle Six Songs to the Lines of R. Rilke by Paul Hindemith (some Style Features)

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2017, Vol. 10, Issue 8
Ravikovich, Lidiia L.
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Ravikovich, Lidiia L.: Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts 22 Lenin Str., Krasnoyarsk, 660049, Russia;
composition; form; drama; tonality; harmony; texture

This article examines one of the most popular works of Paul Hindemith for a mixed chorus a cappella that is the cycle Six Songs to the Lines of R. Rilke, which vividly represents the creative style of the outstanding German master. Set to the texts of the original French poems by the Austrian poet, this cycle is distinguished by its stylistic unity, fresh sound and is an example of the deep organic nature of Hindemith’s choral thinking as the basis of the compositional method. Each of the songs of the cycle presents a picture of nature, imbued with a lyrical light and brightly, emotionally and convincingly embodied by the composer. On the basis of the analysis of this work, the paper highlights such issues as the structural principles and interpretation of the musical form, the dramatic development of the cycle choruses and their dynamic profile, analyzes expressive means, in particular, the intonation-melodic and modal harmonic language of the work, its textural organization

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