Brahms and His World: Revised Edition

Brahms and His World: Revised Edition

by Walter Frisch
     
 

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Since its first publication in 1990, Brahms and His World has become a key text for listeners, performers, and scholars interested in the life, work, and times of one of the nineteenth century's most celebrated composers. In this substantially revised and enlarged edition, the editors remain close to the vision behind the original book while updating its contents to… See more details below

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Since its first publication in 1990, Brahms and His World has become a key text for listeners, performers, and scholars interested in the life, work, and times of one of the nineteenth century's most celebrated composers. In this substantially revised and enlarged edition, the editors remain close to the vision behind the original book while updating its contents to reflect new perspectives on Brahms that have developed over the past two decades. To this end, the original essays by leading experts are retained and revised, and supplemented by contributions from a new generation of Brahms scholars. Together, they consider such topics as Brahms's relationship with Clara and Robert Schumann, his musical interactions with the "New German School" of Wagner and Liszt, his influence upon Arnold Schoenberg and other young composers, his approach to performing his own music, and his productive interactions with visual artists. The essays are complemented by a new selection of criticism and analyses of Brahms's works published by the composer's contemporaries, documenting the ways in which Brahms's music was understood by nineteenth- and early twentieth-century audiences in Europe and North America. A new selection of memoirs by Brahms's friends, students, and early admirers provides intimate glimpses into the composer's working methods and personality. And a catalog of the music, literature, and visual arts dedicated to Brahms documents the breadth of influence exerted by the composer upon his contemporaries.

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Choice
Almost exactly twice as long as the original publication, this revised edition of Brahms and His World presents new perspectives on Brahms that have come to light over the past two decades. . . . A worthy replacement of its predecessor, this well-illustrated volume concludes with a catalog of books, compositions, and artworks dedicated to the composer through the end of the 19th century.
Library Journal
Originally published in 1990, Brahms and His World is being rereleased with Richard Wagner and His World, the 19th title in this prestigious, scholarly series on major composers. Frisch (music, Columbia Univ.; Brahms: The Four Symphonies) and Karnes (music, Emory Univ.; Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History) have substantially updated and expanded their collection of scholarly essays by leading musicologists in the field of Brahms studies. Several new essays take advantage of more recent scholarship. The contributions cover diverse topics in Brahms scholarship, detailed analyses of specific works, reminiscences by Brahms's contemporaries, and a list of compositions dedicated to the great German master. There are frequent musical examples and occasional photos throughout; all entries are extensively footnoted.
Booknews
This nicely produced first volume in a new series comprises the proceedings of the first Capri (Italy) conference. Topics include hypothalamus and neuroendocrine regulation of gonadotropin and prolactin secretion, the ovary as a neuroendocrine organ, chronological regulation of hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal axis, stress effects on brain and gonadal function, the menstrual cycle, psychoneuroendocrine disorder, therapies of hyperprolactinemic states, and new trends. Alk. paper. Created as a companion to a music festival entitled Brahms 1990. Six essays are followed by contemporary or near-contemporary analyses and reviews and a selection of memoirs of Brahms in translation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Almost exactly twice as long as the original publication, this revised edition of Brahms and His World presents new perspectives on Brahms that have come to light over the past two decades. . . . A worthy replacement of its predecessor, this well-illustrated volume concludes with a catalog of books, compositions, and artworks dedicated to the composer through the end of the 19th century."--Choice

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691143446
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Series:
Bard Music Festival Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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