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Kreislerian of Hoffmann and Faustian of Thomas Mann: the Evolution of a Musical Theme from Romanticism to Modernism

Student: Aleksandra Ilina

Supervisor: Irina Lagutina

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Philology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

The novels of E. T. A. Hoffmann "The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr" and "Doctor Faustus" by Thomas Mann are among the most famous "musical" novels of German literature, the comparative analysis of which remains outside the field of scientific discussion. This study will attempt a comparative analysis of the key musical problems of the texts. Separate chapters will be devoted to musical characters, the origin of music, musical heroes, musical reminiscences, and polyphonic composition. In addition, the work traces a shift in the cultural and social paradigm from romanticism to modernism, embodied through a musical theme.

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