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The Cambridge Companion to Schubert (Cambridge Companions to Music)

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'... it was a pleasure to encounter The Cambridge Companion to Schubert which featured analytical essays on each facet of the composer and his music ... It is books like this one that allow readers of today to know Schubert better than those of his own era.' Scenaria

'Like its siblings in this admirable and authoritative series, this book ranges far and wide ... this is a book from which no serious Schubertian can fail to derive some benefit.' Piano

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This volume explores the culture in which the composer Franz Schubert (1797SH1828) lived and worked, and provides a basic outline of his life examined in relation to the most persistent myths and legends. Schubert's music is then explored according to genre, a chapter on his songs, another on his symphonies, and so forth. The final section looks at the reception of Schubert's music, primarily during the nineteenth century, and considers the performance tradition of his music.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521484243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521484244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. P. Schubert: A Reassessment…

Talented critics writing for The New Yorker--Adam Gopnik and Alex Ross--both have noted that Schubert’s character remains something of an enigmatic mystery. The reasons being that there is not a great deal of historical documentation on Schubert’s relatively brief life lived in the shadows of Haydn and Beethoven--well, even in the contemporaneous shadows of Rossini and Paganini, not to mention other lesser composers and musicians who were perhaps more canny businessmen in the bourgeois marketplace.

During his lifetime Schubert had published approximately 100 individual works, thusly achieving something of a notoriety in the major European publishing cities of Leipzig, London, and of course, Vienna.

After his premature death (aetat 31) there was nothing left but the music, and there was a small rush to print further of his works while details of his biography were virtually suppressed in a tacit conspiracy of silence because he had died of a venereal disease (viz., syphilis).

In the second half of the XIXth Century admiring composers (such as Brahms) undertook to edit remaining MSs for publication, and thus began the Schubert ‘renaissance’; but this too was not without its complications vis-à-vis dates of composition and corresponding archaeology of artistic development. (Deutsch’s numerical listing--Schubert: Thematic Catalogue of all his Works in Chronological Order--was first published as recently as 1951.)

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