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Schwanengesang: Facsimilies of the Autograph Score and Sketches, and Reprint of the First Edition Hardcover – November 10, 2000

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Franz Schubert's last fourteen songs, collected as a cycle entitled Schwanengesang, include some of his greatest and most popular lieder-among them "Der Atlas," "Ständchen," "Die Stadt," and "Doppelgänger." This valuable volume makes available for the first time all the major primary-source materials relating to Schwanengesang. The book features a facsimile of the composer's autograph score (now held by the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York), Schubert's extant sketches for three songs, and a reproduction of the rare and authoritative first edition issued in Vienna in 1829 by Schubert's publisher, within six months of the composer's death. Martin Chusid's enlightening introduction provides the history and physical description of each of the sources along with information about Schwanengesang's first publisher, Tobias Haslinger. For music scholars and music lovers, this book offers important insights into Schubert's creative process and the manifold beauties of the works he completed near the end of his life.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (November 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300083939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300083934
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 11.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,823,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roh Seung Jong on July 2, 2012
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A most precious opportunity to look a sketch and a first edition of the last song book by Schubert at the same time. The introduction itself also shows the procedure of composing as in the Ms of Winterreise. Excellent publication and binding.
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The presentation of this pastiche of a song cycle by the great Franz Schubert is exemplary. Nothing is overdone and the reproductions are wonderful. They convey in a way I cannot explain a sense of presence that gives one a feeling of reverence when turning the pages. If you love Schubert songs get this if you can.
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