Franz Schubert: A Biography

Franz Schubert: A Biography

by Elizabeth Norman McKay, McKay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198166818

ISBN-13: 9780198166818

Pub. Date: 04/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In his short, tumultuous life, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) produced an astonishing amount of music. Symphonies, chamber music, opera, church music, and songs (more than 600 of them) poured forth in profusion. His "Trout" Quintet, his "Unfinished" Symphony, the last three piano sonatas, and above all his song cycles Die Schone Mullerin and

Overview

In his short, tumultuous life, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) produced an astonishing amount of music. Symphonies, chamber music, opera, church music, and songs (more than 600 of them) poured forth in profusion. His "Trout" Quintet, his "Unfinished" Symphony, the last three piano sonatas, and above all his song cycles Die Schone Mullerin and Winterreise have come to be universally regarded as belonging to the very greatest works of music? Who was the man who composed this amazing succession of masterpieces, so many of which were either entirely ignored or regarded as failures during his lifetime? In this new biography, Elizabeth McKay paints a vivid portrait of Schubert and his world. She explores his family background, his education and musical upbringing, his friendships, and his brushes and flirtations with the repressive authorities of Church and State. She discusses his experience of the arts, literature, and theater, and his relations with the professional and amateur musical world of his day. She traces the way Schubert's manic-depression became an increasingly significant influence in his life, responsible at least in part for social inadequacies, professional ineptitude, and idiosyncrasies in his music. And she examines Schubert's decline after he contracted syphilis, looking at its effect on his music and emotional life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198166818
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. Song of Immigrants (1797-1808)
2. School Days (1808-1813)
3. Student and School-teacher (1814-1816)
4. Opportunities (1817-1819)
5. La Dolce Vita (1820-1822)
6. Two Natures
7. Fight against Illness (1823-1824)
8. An Expanding World (1825-1826, Part I)
9. Friends, Publishers, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (1825-1826, Part II)
10. Gloom and Creativity (1827)
11. Success and Sickness (1828)
12. The Final Illness
13. Burial and Memorials
Select Bibliography
Music Index
General Index

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