A Brahms Reader

A Brahms Reader

by Michael Musgrave



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A Brahms Reader by Michael Musgrave

This engaging account of the life of Johannes Brahms provides a fuller portrait of the German composer than ever before. Eminent Brahms scholar Michael Musgrave draws on a wide array of documentation to illuminate Brahms's personality; his outlook as a composer; his activities as pianist, conductor, scholar, and traveler; his friendship with Robert and Clara Schumann; and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300068047
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/09/2000
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.43(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Supporting Cast of Charactersxiii
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

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John Daverio

A richly drawn portrait of one of the most significant–but elusive–figures in the western musical canon.

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