Crossing Paths: Schubert, Schumann and Brahms

Crossing Paths: Schubert, Schumann and Brahms

by John Daverio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195132963

ISBN-13: 9780195132960

Pub. Date: 10/03/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

In Crossing Paths, John Daverio explores the connections between art and life in the works of three giants of musical romanticism. Drawing on contemporary critical theory and a wide variety of nineteenth-century sources, he considers topics including Schubert and Schumann's uncanny ability to evoke memory in music, the supposed cryptographic practices of Schumann

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In Crossing Paths, John Daverio explores the connections between art and life in the works of three giants of musical romanticism. Drawing on contemporary critical theory and a wide variety of nineteenth-century sources, he considers topics including Schubert and Schumann's uncanny ability to evoke memory in music, the supposed cryptographic practices of Schumann and Brahms, and the allure of the Hungarian Gypsy style for Brahms and others in the Schumann circle. The book offers a fresh perspective on the music of these composers, including a comprehensive discussion of the 19th century practice of cryptography, a debunking of the myth that Schumann and Brahms planted codes for "Clara Schumann" throughout their works, and attention to the late works of Schumann not as evidence of the composer's descent into madness but as inspiration for his successors. Daverio portrays the book's three key players as musical storytellers, each in his own way simulating the structure of lived experience in works of art. As an intimate study of three composers that combines cultural history and literary criticism with deep musicological understanding, Crossing Paths is a rich exploration of memory, the re-creation of artistic tradition, and the value of artistic influence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195132960
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/03/2002
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1710L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: At the Intersection of Old and New Paths3
Pt. ISchumann's One and Only Schubert
1Schumann and Schubert's "Immortal" Piano Trio in E Flat, D. 92913
2The Gestus of Remembering: Schumann's Critique of Schubert's Impromptus, D. 93547
Pt. IIUttering "Clara" in Tones
3Schumann: Cryptographer or Pictographer?65
4Brahms's Musical Ciphers: Acts of Homage and Gestures of Effacement103
5The Folded Fan125
Pt. IIIA Noble Model
6Transcendental Chess Games155
7Brahms, the Schumann Circle, and the Style Hongrois: Contexts for the "Double" Concerto, OP. 102191
Epilogue: Crossing Paths and Modes of Experience243
Notes251
Index301

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