• 'Suchend uns selbst und die Heimat': Ernst Krenek's "Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen"

    Author(s):
    James Parsons (see profile)
    Date:
    2010
    Group(s):
    American Musicological Society
    Subject(s):
    Music, Musicology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    German art song, twentieth century
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/d0c0-0436
    Abstract:
    In composing his Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen (1929), Ernst Krenek accomplished much more than a quaint, neo-Romantic travelogue in words and music (both written by him) in praise of the Austrian Alps. As the composer previously had staged a mountain journey in his 1927 jazz opera Jonny spielt auf, his subsequent 1929 excursion raises intriguing questions, above all pertaining to the purpose of art in the modern world. I argue that Krenek, in music, updates the Bildungsroman, a point he signals in the words from his first song, 'I travel forth, to discover my homeland. 'That's how it is with us: racked with doubt, we meander hither and thither seeking ourselves and our homeland'.
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