Schumann and His World

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We know Robert Schumann in many ways: as a visionary composer, a seasoned journalist, a cultured man of letters, and a genius who, having passed his mantle on to the young Brahms, succumbed to mental illness in 1856. Drawing on recent pathbreaking research, this collection offers new perspectives on this seminal nineteenth-century figure.In Part I, Leon Botstein and Michael P. Steinberg assess Schumann's efforts to place music at the center of German culture, in public and private sectors. Bernhard R. Appel ...
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Overview

We know Robert Schumann in many ways: as a visionary composer, a seasoned journalist, a cultured man of letters, and a genius who, having passed his mantle on to the young Brahms, succumbed to mental illness in 1856. Drawing on recent pathbreaking research, this collection offers new perspectives on this seminal nineteenth-century figure.In Part I, Leon Botstein and Michael P. Steinberg assess Schumann's efforts to place music at the center of German culture, in public and private sectors. Bernhard R. Appel offers a probing source study of one of Schumann's most personal works, the Album f_r die Jugend, Op. 68, while John Daverio considers the generic identity of Das Paradies und die Peri, and Jon W. Finson reexamines the first version of the Eichendorff Liederkreis. Gerd Nauhaus investigates Schumann's approach to the symphonic finale, and R. Larry Todd considers the intractable issue of quotations and allusions in Schumann's music. Part II presents letters and memoirs, including unpublished correspondence between Clara Schumann and Felix and Paul Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. In Part III, conflicting critical views of Schumann are juxtaposed. Some of these sources are translated into English for the first time.
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Writing about Robert Schumann inevitably involves literature, politics, and psychology as well as music, and this collection of essays is no exception. The seven studies of the man and his music cover the composer's inspirations, his sources, and his relations with numerous interesting people. Leon Botstein sets the pace with "History, Rhetoric, and the Self," a fascinating overview of the first half of the 19th century. Four sets of letters by and about Schumann provide a personal impression of the man, and a set of contemporary criticisms of his music expose his public work. This well-rounded and interesting picture of the composer and his times belongs in most academic music collections.-Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto
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"The seven studies of [Robert Schumann] and his music cover the composer's inspirations, his sources, and his relations with numerous interesting people. . . . [a] well-rounded and interesting picture of the composer and his times. . . ."—Library Journal

"This volume . . . edited by the American scholar Larry R. Todd, contains a substantial essay on the composer's cultural background, . . . a comparably comprehensive piece . . . linking sociological to psychological motives, . . . and a fascinating account by the editor of Schumann's use of quotation and self-quotation. . . . Parts 2 and 3 of the book reprint letters, memoirs and critical commentaries by Schumann's contemporaries and successors."—Times Literary Supplement

"Rich in new ideas. . . ."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691036977
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/1994
  • Series: The Bard Music Festival
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
History, Rhetoric, and the Self: Robert Schumann and Music Making in German-Speaking Europe, 1800-1860 3
Schumann's Homelessness 47
On Quotation in Schumann's Music 80
Schumann's Symphonic Finales 113
Schumann's "New Genre for the Concert Hall": Das Paradies und die Peri in the Eyes of a Contemporary 129
The Intentional Tourist: Romantic Irony in the Eichendorff Liederkreis of Robert Schumann 156
"Actually, Taken Directly from Family Life": Robert Schumann's Album fur die Jugend 171
The Correspondence between Clara Wieck Schumann and Felix and Paul Mendelssohn 205
Reminiscences of Robert Schumann (1878) 233
Robert Schumann in Endenich (1899) 268
Schumanniana (1925) 288
On Robert Schumann's Piano Compositions (1844) 303
Robert Schumann with Reference to Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and the Development of Modern Music in General (1845) 317
Robert Schumann (1855) 338
Schumanniana No. 4: The Present Musical Epoch and Robert Schumann's Position in Music History (1861) 362
On Schumann as Symphonist (1904-1906) 375
Index of Names and Compositions 385
List of Contributors 395
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