A Brahms Reader

A Brahms Reader

by Michael Musgrave
     
 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was prominent not only as a composer but as a pianist, conductor, editor, scholar, collector, and friend of many notables. He was also, in private, an articulate critic, connoisseur of other arts, and traveler. In this enlightening book, the eminent Brahms scholar Michael Musgrave presents a comprehensive and original account of the… See more details below

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was prominent not only as a composer but as a pianist, conductor, editor, scholar, collector, and friend of many notables. He was also, in private, an articulate critic, connoisseur of other arts, and traveler. In this enlightening book, the eminent Brahms scholar Michael Musgrave presents a comprehensive and original account of the composer's private and professional lives.

Drawing on an array of documentary materials, Musgrave weaves together diverse strands to illuminate Brahms's character and personality; his outlook as a composer; his attitudes toward other composers; his activities as pianist and conductor; his scholarly and cultural interests; his friendships with Robert and Clara Schumann and others; his social life and travel; and critical attitudes toward his music from his own time to the present.

The book quotes extensively from Brahms's own words and those of his circle. Musgrave mines the composer's letters, reminiscences of his contemporaries, early biographies, reviews, and commentary by friends, critics, and scholars to create an unparalleled source of information about Brahms. The author sets the materials in context, identifies sources in detail, includes a glossary of information on principal individuals, and notes recent research on the composer. This engaging biographical work, with a gallery of illustrations, will appeal to general music lovers as well as to scholars with a special interest in Brahms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300091991
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
402
Sales rank:
387,889
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Supporting Cast of Characters
IBrahms the Man
1Physical Appearance, Temperament, and Personality3
2Upbringing and Education11
3The Critical Stages of Brahms's Life and Ambitions21
4Professional Outlook and Relationships32
5Brahms's Mode of Life39
6Brahms and Women45
IIBrahms the Composer
7The Young Composer's Outlook59
8The Years of Study67
9The Mature Compositional Outlook75
10Attitude to Contemporaries92
11Brahms Reflects on His Achievement116
IIIBrahms the Performer
12Brahms the Pianist121
13Brahms the Conductor136
IVBrahms the Music Scholar and Student of the Arts
14Reading and Scholarship in Brahms's Life151
15A Student of History and the Arts170
VThe Social Brahms: Friendship and Travel
16Friendship187
17Travel199
VIBrahms in Perspective
18Critical Reception During Brahms's Lifetime213
19Reverence and Reaction in the Twentieth Century248
20Toward a New Evaluation of Brahms275
Notes287
Index333

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