The neglected song cycle: A study of Robert Schumann's “Vier Husarenlieder”, Opus 117
The purpose of this study is to provide a thorough analysis of Robert Schumann's Vier Husarenlieder, Opus 117. Research materials and reviews of this song cycle are few and far between, so an analysis of this work will hopefully be an aid to singers for studying and performing unknown Lieder. A better understanding of this song cycle should encourage baritone singers to include this work in their repertoire as this song cycle was specifically written for the baritone voice. The study will include an analysis of the German text and music. References will be made to analysis and reviews by other authors in order to provide background information on the poet Nikolaus Lenau, the composer Robert Schumann, the circumstances he faced when composing these songs, and the subject of the song cycle, the Hussars.