The 19th Century Song Cycle and the European Classical Guitar

Adam Cicchillitti

The purpose of my project is to arrange German composer Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love, 1840), a work consisting of 16 songs originally composed for solo voice and piano and set to texts by Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), for the classical guitar. The final transcription will culminate in a version for solo guitar accompaniment and tenor or soprano voice. Today, the concert guitarist’s repertoire consists mainly of substantial works by modern-day and 20th century composers, and/or arrangements of works originally written for other instruments. My project will expand the classical guitar repertoire by rendering a celebrated song cycle from the 19th century idiomatic to the guitar. Through analysis, arrangement, performance, publication, and recording of Dichterliebe on the guitar, I will advocate for increased awareness and appreciation of the classical guitar’s versatility in the 21st century. [...]

The 19th Century Song Cycle and the European Classical Guitar

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