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date: 19 June 2019

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This chapter discusses the attempts by German composers in the early nineteenth century to create a distinctively German form of opera, in particular by the closer association of words and music in the goal of forming a unified work of art through the emergence and increasing importance of motive as a creative tool. The discussion will address works by composers, critics, and librettists such as E.T.A. Hoffmann, Johann Nepomuk Poissl, Carl Maria von Weber, and Helmina von Chezy. Specific topics to be addressed include the libretto, versification, and musical motive.

Keywords: Libretto, Versification, Motive, German composers, Carl Maria von Weber, Johann Nepomuk von Poissl, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Helmina von Chezy

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