Sergio Acerb - Die schöne Müllerin Analysis

Franz Schubert wrote "Die schöne Müllerin" (The Beautiful Maid of the Mill) originally for high voice and piano. The love story of optimism, despair and tragedy between the young man and the beautiful maid continues to fascinate and inspire composers, performers and music lovers today.

This work presents an arrangement of "Die schöne Müllerin" for Double Bass and Piano. Transcriptions and arrangements in the nineteenth century were largely intended to supplement an instrument's literature, and continued to be part of taht literature in the twentieth century.

Chapters 1 to 4 discuss the significance of presenting the richness and art of Schubert's musical setting of Wilhelm Müller's poems through the medium of the double bass. This is followed by a brief historical context of transcription and arrangement, where the songs of "Die schöne Müllerin" are analyzed and such aspects of the arrangement as transposition, revoicing, articulation, dynamics and performance practices explained.

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