The Cambridge Companion to Schubert / Edition 1by Christopher H. Gibbs
Pub. Date: 06/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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… See more details below
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.
Table of Contents
Notes on the contributors; Chronology; Note to the reader; Acknowledgments; Introduction: the elusive Schubert Christopher H. Gibbs; Part I. Contexts: Musical, Political, and Cultural: 1. Realism transformed: Franz Schubert and Vienna Leon Botstein; 2. 'Poor Schubert': images and legends of the composer Christopher H. Gibbs; 3. 'The passion for friendship': music, cultivation, and identity in Schubert's circle David Gramit; 4. Schubert's inflections of Classical forms Charles Rosen; 5. Schubert and his poets: issues and conundrums Susan Youens; Part II. Schubert's Music: Style and Genre: 6. Schubert's songs: the transformation of a genre Kristina Muxfeldt; 7. Schubert's social music: the 'forgotten genres' Margaret Notley; 8. Schubert's piano music: probing the human condition William Kinderman; 9. Schubert's chamber music: before and after Beethoven Martin Chusid; 10. Schubert's orchestral music: 'strivings after the highest in art' L. Michael Griffel; 11. Schubert's religious and choral music: toward a statement of faith Glenn Stanley; 12. Schubert's operas: 'the judgement of history?' Thomas A. Denny; Part III. Reception: 13. German reception: Schubert's 'journey to immortality' Christopher H. Gibbs; 14. Schubert's reception history in nineteenth-century England John Reed; 15. Schubert's reception in France: a chronology (1828–1928) Xavier Hascher; 16. Franz Schubert's music in performance: a brief history of people, events, and issues David Montgomery; Notes; Index.
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I have many of the book's on Schubert, and all current ones. Gibb's book is the best non-technical description and evaluation of his work. The biographical material is not exhaustive but the cultural role of Schubert's circle and the evaluation of his music by contemporaries is well done. The strange way that Schubert continued to compose into the 1850's and 60's is well covered