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Abstract

Far-reaching changes in poetry and music emerge at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. Poetry and Lied can hardly be separated around 1600, as the lyric poetry of this period is generally singable and decisively influenced by the secular Lied. The significant contribution of the Lied to aesthetic change and to the modernisation and Europeanisation of German-language lyric poetry (themes, motifs, metrics, forms, sentence structures) will be worked out on the basis of some 5 200 songs in about 340 printed song collections between 1567 and 1642. Against the background of this broad corpus of sources, the interdisciplinary study analyses individual songs and song collections from the German-speaking world in terms of both musicology and literary studies. In addition to social and sociological aspects, dimensions of novelty are addressed as well as the relationship between theory, poetics and practice, cultural transfer processes, and questions about continuities and dynamics of literary and musical phenomena.

The case studies as well as the theoretical and poetic statements on the Lied show how two conceptions of the Lied are profiled: In becoming independent, both song concepts are valorised in literature and music. In this way, the secular German-language Lied contributes to the modernisation and Europeanisation of German literature.

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