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Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius Paperback – March 2, 1987
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"Peter Ostwald, a San Francisco psychiatrist who is also a trained musician, has dug deeply . . . and applied his professional knowledge to the fashioning of a fascinating, perceptive psychobiography of the nineteenth-century Romantic master." -- Arthur Hepner, Boston Globe
"Schumann is a remarkable piece of work. The author obviously loves the composer's music and writes about him--and Clara too--with compassion and understanding. . . . Soberly and objectively, it unearths information that no previous Schumann research--in English, at least--has come near duplicating." -- Harold C. Schonberg, New York Times Book Review
About the Author
PETER OSTWALD, M.D. (1928–1996), was a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, a musician, and an author of numerous books. His widow, LISE DESCHAMPS OSTWALD, is a concert pianist and was his long-time assistant. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Certainly, Ostwald's interest in the psychiatric elements of Schumann's life results in a certain amount of terminology, but this is not jargon; there is a chapter which reviews Schumann's illnesses using current American diagnostic guildelines, so this is hardly psychobabble!
Ostwald is also a tireless advocate of the less-well-known Schumann, for which he also deserves credit.
And finally, the chapter on Schumann's final illness is haunting and chilling. He died a much more wretched death than we supposed.