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.
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.