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I think the term we are speaking about is das Kunstlied and Solo-Lied for Sologesang. Actually I don‘t understand the question as all songs are usually transposed for all ranges: There are Lied editions for tenor or baritone e.g. Even from the context of the text it is possible that a boy can sing a love song that is addressing to another boy in our days. ...


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Are lieder vocals generally non-gender specific? As noted elsewhere, generally, yes. But some songs are sung "in character" as a woman or man who portrays or participates in some dramatic action. Different people have different tolerance for hearing a song that exclusively portrays (for example) a young woman's unrequited love for a man as she ...


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Yes and no. Many Lieder texts are gender-specific (as Aaron’s answer says) in the sense that they clearly indicate the narrator’s gender — most often by addressing a lover whose gender is specified (in a time/tradition where heteronormativity was assumed); sometimes because they specify the narrator’s profession or social role (in a society where roles were ...


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That's not really specific to German: single-voiced vocals are typically "unisex", meaning that they are intended to be sung either by males (one octave lower than the treble clef they are written in) or females (at written pitch). Unless their range is comparatively constrained and thus universal (like typical for congregation singing), they tend ...


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Some compositions, at least, were gender-specific. Abstract: My research identifies German Lieder composed specifically for female singers. Female-specific songs were determined through textual analysis of the solo works from four influential composers of this era, Franz Schubert (1786–1828), Robert Schumann (1810–1856), Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), and ...


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