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[leed; German leet] /lid; German lit/
noun, plural lieder
[lee-der; German lee-duh r] /ˈli dər; German ˈli dər/ (Show IPA)
a typically 19th-century German art song characterized by the setting of a poetic text in either strophic or through-composed style and the treatment of the piano and voice in equal artistic partnership:
Schubert lieder.
Compare art song.
Origin of lied2
Borrowed into English from German around 1850-55 Unabridged
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/liːd; German liːt/
noun (pl) lieder (ˈliːdə; German) (ˈliːdər)
(music) any of various musical settings for solo voice and piano of a romantic or lyrical poem, for which composers such as Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf are famous
Word Origin
from German: song
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Word Origin and History for lieder



"German romantic song," 1852, from German Lied, literally "song," from Middle High German liet, from Old High German liod, from Proto-Germanic *leuthan (see laud). Hence Liederkranz, in reference to German singing societies, literally "garland of songs."

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lieder in Culture
lieder [(lee-duhr)]

The plural of lied, the German word for “song.” It refers to art songs in German mainly from the nineteenth century. The most notable composer of lieder was Franz Schubert.

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