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Master of Arts (M.A.) in German




Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) -- Knowledge -- Music



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1 online resource (108 p.)


Most of Rainer Maria Rilke’s works leave a deep musical impression on the reader’s mind. This impression stems first of all from the beauty of the tone and the rhythm of Rilke’s poetical language and from the occurrence of many words that can be associated with music. In addition to this, his creative work was influenced considerably by his own experiences with a variety of musical sounds and by the many thoughts in which he tried to deal with the deeper meaning and function of music.

This thesis attempts to analyze Rilke’s relationship to music within the framework of his artistic development. I will try to show that Rilke, in spite of his skepticism about his own musical abilities, must have had at least an average talent for this art. Undoubtedly, he would therefore have been able to learn how to sing or to play a musical instrument, had he not been discouraged from doing so at too early an age and had his talents not been channeled so early into writing poetry.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in German

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