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  • Main Title Interpreting Richard Strauss's Der Krämerspiegel from the perspectives of the performers and the audience.


  • Author: Hurst, Michael Shane
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Snider, Jeffrey
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Nordstrom, Lyle
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Puccinelli, Elvia
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2007-08
  • Digitized: 2007-11-02


  • English


  • Content Description: The purpose of this document is to examine Richard Strauss's 1918 song cycle Der Krämerspiegel in order to discern compositional intent and to address problems performers may face in communicating the work to a contemporary audience. Examining the existing literature, it is never clearly stated why Strauss composed such an anomalous song cycle that defied aesthetic and generic norms of the day. The premise taken in this study is that Strauss, who was litigiously forced to write the work in order to fulfill a contract with the publisher Bote & Bock, composed certain difficulties into the cycle to make it less marketable and thus less profitable for the firm. Furthermore, he commissioned a text that lampooned the publishing industry in general and certain firms and individuals in particular. Following a brief history of Strauss's involvement with the publishing industry, general considerations for interpretation are examined. The individual songs are then explored, keeping in mind the text's word play and parody, Strauss's use of self-quotation, and the challenges performers and audiences face when confronting Krämerspiegel. Finally, the individual songs are explored, and suggestions for preparation and performance of Krämerspiegel are given suggesting a more operatic understanding of the piece, especially given the cycle's relationship to Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier.


  • Keyword: Richard Strauss
  • Keyword: Krämerspiegel
  • Keyword: Lied
  • Keyword: Lieder
  • Keyword: song cycle
  • Keyword: Rosenkavavier
  • Keyword: Bote & Bock
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949. Krämerspiegel.


  • Has Part: Recording:


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Hurst, Michael Shane
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 212624786
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc3962


  • Degree Name: Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Discipline: Performance
  • Academic Department: College of Music
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas