Schumann - A Listener's Guide

Schumann - A Listener's Guide

by Victor Lederer

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(Unlocking the Masters). Over the course of some three dozen volumes, Amadeus Press' highly acclaimed Unlocking the Masters series has drawn readers into the worlds of the greatest composers and their music. Curated pairings of critically minded introductory texts and companion CDs loaded with tracks selected from the world's foremost libraries of recorded classics, the series truly brings the sounds and stories of its legendary subjects to life. Its latest entry, Victor Lederer's Schumann: A Listener's Guide , is an essential portal to the musical works of and tempestuous life of this little-understood genius. Many, if not most, major composers improve over the course of their careers. For Schumann, however, the opposite was true: plagued throughout his life by physical and mental illnesses, he helplessly and consciously endured the gradual diminution of his prodigious talent until his premature death at age 46. Throughout Schumann: A Listener's Guide , Lederer provides unflinching critiques of the weaknesses that plagued Schumann's style, contrasting them with the brilliance of his earliest triumphs. This eminently accessible account explores the full spectrum of the master composer's oeuvre, from his popular early music and lieder to his works for chamber ensembles composed in 1842 to his four beloved, if flawed, symphonies. It also accounts for Schumann's dramatic works, particularly Genoveva , his only opera, and Incidental Music to Byron's "Manfred," a bewilderingly unappreciated musical score. As with all volumes in the UTM series, Schumann: A Listener's Guide is accompanied by a CD containing two of the master's most daring imaginative flights, both explored in detail in the text: the Davidsbundlertanze for piano and Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love) , one of the all-time greatest song cycles and works for voice. Geared toward fledglings, but written with an eye turned to aficionados, the book is a must-have for Schumann buffs and classical music fans young and old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574674880
Publisher: Amadeus
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Series: Unlocking the Masters Series
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Understanding Schumann 1

Chapter 2 Schumann's Life 9

Chapter 3 The Works for Piano 23

Chapter 4 The Concertos and Other Works for Solo Instruments and Orchestra 63

Chapter 5 The Chamber Music 67

Chapter 6 The Four Symphonies, a Stray Symphonic Work, Three Concert Overtures 83

Chapter 7 The Dramatic Works 99

Chapter 8 The Songs 113

Chapter 9 Listening to Schumann 141

Notes 143

Selected Bibliography 145

CD Track Listing 147

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