Author Identifiers

Olivia Claire Sanders Robinson
ORCID: 0000-0003-2982-054X

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (Performing Arts)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Advisor

Associate Professor Jonathan Paget

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Stewart Smith

Third Advisor

Professor Geoffrey Lancaster


This study reconsiders declamation in Schubert lieder performance in light of emerging historical evidence. Johann Michael Vogl’s reputedly declamatory approach has arguably been captured in surviving Diabelli editions that document his rhetorically motivated alterations and ornamentations. Similarly, Gustav Anton von Seckendorff has detailed song-like spoken declamation that manipulates pitch, rhythm and accentuation. Recordings of five modern German speakers were transcribed, analysed and used to model effective declamation in the recitation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poems ‘Erster Verlust’ and ‘Geistes Gruß.’ PRAAT speech analysis software was used to analyse the recordings. The participants’ use of stress, emphasis and rubato was extrapolated and used (in combination with the historical evidence) to speculatively recreate several declamatory performances of Schubert lieder.