The Life of Schumann

The Life of Schumann

by Michael Musgrave
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Cambridge University Press

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The Life of Schumann

Robert Schumann had a difficult start as a composer. Denied any significant musical upbringing, he took a long time through indirect routes to establish himself as a major composer. Persistent illness also dogged his work. His final catastrophic mental collapse has combined with the autobiographical and secretive aspects of his music to cast for posterity a veil of ominous mystery over his entire life. Yet this is only one view. Schumann battled his personal demons and was acutely self-aware and organized. He transformed himself from a brilliant youthful fantasist in small forms into a composer of extended works in every genre. This book provides a new focus on Schumann as a practical working musician interacting with the professional world to develop his creative gifts to the full, and examines the central role of Clara Wieck Schumann in helping to bring this about.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521802482
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: Musical Lives Series
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: inherited images; 1. A favourable upbringing: Zwickau, 1810-28; 2. Undirected student: Leipzig and Heidelburg, 1828-30; 3. A career in music: Leipzig, 1830-5; 4. The Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, Clara and new horizons: Leipzig, 1835-40; 5. Married life: Leipzig, 1840-4; 6. Growing ambitions: Dresden, 1844-50; 7. Triumph and decline: Düsseldorf, 1850-4; 8. The end: 1854-6; Perspective and legacy; Further reading.

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