Date Presented

Spring 4-13-2007

Document Type


Access Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Oedia Hatcher

Second Advisor

Robert H. White

Third Advisor

Cynthia B. Ramsey


The purpose of this research was to gain information about Robert Schumann and his impact on the German song cycle. The specific problems of the study were as follows: 1.) To trace the origins and development of the song cycle; 2.) To identify the significance of Robert Schumann to the German song cycle; and 3.) To analyze Frauenliebe und-Leben (‘A Woman’s Life and Love’), a song cycle composed by Schumann in 1840, in terms of form, style, and vocal technique. This research investigates the return of Robert Schumann from instrumental music back to vocal music and how he helped develop the German song cycle genre.