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The New Grove Schubert Paperback – April 1, 1983


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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st U.S. Edition edition (April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393300870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393300871
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,605,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most remarkable composer of song literature in the history of Western music, Franz Schubert sometimes gets overlooked in favor of his more bombastic contemporaries. 1997 marks the bicentennial of his birth; record companies and concert programmers, who love such pegs, have accordingly scheduled loads of Schubert for the year. You can find some useful insights into the composer and his work with this biography, a slightly expanded version of the essay written for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Also helpful is the detailed chronicle of his music, arranged by type and date of composition.

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From reviews of the first edition: `a model of critical biography ... an essential vade mecum for all Schubertians'' TLS

`a book which should open many ears and minds to Schubert's true musical stature' The Musical Times

`admirable' Andrew Porter, The Observer

`This was first published in 1987 to wide acclaim and it is good to have it available once again.' Contemporary Review

`Reed's room for manoevre is restricted, but he manages a number of admirable biographical nuggets ... Reed is both judicious and pithy.' The Musical Times/November 1997

`sturdy, well written ... balanced and reliable' Peter Branscombe, Austrian Studies 10 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a scholarly contribution rather than an entertaining read.
Meow Tomcat
This book can only be an introduction, you will have to go further to really appreciate the greatness of this composer who died so ridiculously young.
Craig Matteson
One wonders what other great masterpieces Schubert would have written had he lived to a ripe old age.
Kenneth Bergman

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is now best available online (at a hefty subscription fee). A version was published in 1980 in more than two dozen volumes. It was a magnificent achievement, but almost immediately errors were found, disputes were had, and at least one article was guilty of a hidden insult that was discovered too late. Some of the biographical articles were so good that they were excerpted into a series of short books, this being one of them.

If you are interested in the life of Schubert, one of our greatest composers, and one of the very greatest song writers of all time, this book provides a nice introduction to his life and work. Especially valuable is the list of all his known works (and a list of the spurious compositions as well), and an index of his songs by name. This genius died at 31 having written more than 600 songs and at least 200 other works including large symphonies, quartets, and even a couple of for the stage.

The bibliography is especially useful because it discusses important articles on Schubert by genre, that is important articles and books on his symphonies, or quartets, or what have you. This book can only be an introduction, you will have to go further to really appreciate the greatness of this composer who died so ridiculously young.

It was written by Maurice J.E. Brown who died before it was completed and finished by his friend, the wonderful Eric Sams (who died at 78 in September 2004, to our loss).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ymatsui4 on September 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
In his late years, John Reed accomplished a magnificent task: writing and revising this book. Though a smallish book, he successfully compiled critical evaluation, date (latest estimate), circumstance, and future effect of an great numbers of important (often unduly underrated) works of Schubert. His view is in general quite well-balanced and persuasive. I think this book is the most reliable guide book for Schubert's supreme music. Strongly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Bergman on September 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Schubert was an extremely musical person and one of the greatest composers of all time. Unlike J.S. Bach, who was trained in the family profession from an early age, and Mozart, who was raised like a hothouse plant and pushed as a child prodigy by his father, Schubert came from a family of schoolteachers who were only amateur musicians. But it became obvious early on that he was especially gifted. He started composing at age 13 while at the Stadtkonvikt school in Vienna, and he received tutelage in composition from Mozart's former rival, Antonio Salieri, who stated that Schubert was a genius and another Mozart. But the myopic Schubert did not have an easy time of it; he contracted syphilis, suffered from it for several years, and died prematurely at age 31. He became well-known as a writer of songs in his lifetime, but his orchestral, chamber music, and operatic works didn't get published until years or even decades after his death. Some of his compositions have only recently been published.

This little paperback by Maurice J.E. Brown, with a comprehensive list of compositions added by Eric Sams, provides a good introduction to Schubert and his music for those who have only a passing knowledge of the subject. The book is divided into three parts: the first briefly relates Schubert's life and musical development; the second discusses Schubert's music by genre -- songs, song cycles, instrumental compositions, music for the theatre, and church and other choral music; and the third is a listing of all of Schubert's known compositions organized by categories and by Deutsch number within categories. Schubert wrote over 600 songs and about 200 other compositions, so the listing is quite long. Looking at the list, one becomes aware that Schubert left many of his compositions unfinished.
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This is a scholarly contribution rather than an entertaining read. Knowledgeable students and those who are writing a story or screenplay will utilize the Appendix that comprises (1) a "Calendar" which highlights each of the 31 years of Schubert's life (2) a biographical dictionary of over 150 people who were a part of Schubert's life and (3) a detailed "List of Works" with "D" numbers and dates. The main body is a 182 page narrative of Schubert's life and discussion of many of his works. This book is not a quick introduction to Schubert.
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As an active Schubert researcher and musicologist, I am pleased to let all classical music and Schubert enthusiasts in particular know, that this reprint from the eminent Grove Music Dictionary is deptly suited to familiarize the reader with many essential facts of the life and music of the greatest romantic composer.
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