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Song Beyond the NationTranslation, Transnationalism, Performance$
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Philip Ross Bullock and Laura Tunbridge

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197267196

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197267196.001.0001

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‘Once again … speaking of’ Heine, in Song

‘Once again … speaking of’ Heine, in Song

(p.114) 6 ‘Once again … speaking of’ Heine, in Song
Song Beyond the Nation

Laura Tunbridge

British Academy

This chapter explores songs that move across temporal rather than geographical borders. Theodore Adorno’s two lectures on Heine, the lesser-known ‘Towards a Reappraisal of Heine’ (1949) and ‘Heine the Wound’ (1956) provide a way of thinking about the poet’s anti-sentimentality in relationship to notions of his inner exile and about how history can alter the course of an artist’s reception. The chapter focuses on the echoic effects of Heine settings by Wilhelm Killmayer (1927-2017) and Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952). Both composers allude to aspects of nineteenth-century musical heritage, from the tradition of lieder composition in general to intertextual references. Comparison with Heine settings by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) demonstrate how the anti-sentimentalism of the poetry spoke not only to Romantic but also to post-modern generations.

Keywords:   Heinrich Heine, Theodor Adorno, Robert Schumann, Wilhelm Killmayer, Wolfgang Rihm, Time, History

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