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Subject/Keyword
Clara Schumann
music analysis
Franz Liszt
psychoanalysis
primary processes
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Switzer, Andrew
Supervisor and department
Dr. Maryam Moshaver, Department of Music
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Leo Mos, Department of Psychology
Dr. Henry Klumpenhouwer, Department of Music
Department
Department of Music
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-01-08T08:57:53Z
Graduation date
2013-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis is an exploration of aspects of Sigmund Freud's (1856–1939) theories of psychoanalysis as analytical strategies for understanding works by Franz Liszt (1811–1886) and Clara Schumann (1819–1896). My analysis of Liszt's "Transcendental Etude No. 10” S.139 employs Freud's primary processes of condensation, displacement, and transformation to reveal a through-composed structure and a narrative trajectory that is contrasted with an alternative view of the Etude as a hybrid sonata form. Freud's concept of repression and in particular the correspondence between affect and idea is my focal point for analyzing Clara Schumann's "Ich Stand in Dunklen Träumen" Op. 13 and its original version "Ihr Bildnis", Unpublished. Exploration of repressive strategies in the interaction of voice and accompaniment in both versions orient the analytical discourse towards articulation of hidden affective changes as expressed through absences and omissions in the musical structure.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3Z610
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