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Hans von Bülow
A Life for Music

  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107005860

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  • Drawing upon an extensive selection of rare letters, reviews and memoirs, Kenneth Birkin sets Hans von Bülow's work as a recitalist, chamber-music artist and orchestral conductor at the centre of a disturbed and eventful life. Bülow's Zukunftsmusik advocacy and ruthless criticism of performance standards in Berlin and Munich antagonised a musical 'establishment' nonetheless spellbound by his keyboard and orchestral mastery. Birkin pays particular attention to the Tristan and Meistersinger premieres, Cosima's desertion, the European and American tours and operatic activities in Hamburg and Hanover, as well as Bülow's pedagogic activities and forays into musical journalism. The book makes liberal use of Bülow's correspondence, published and unpublished, which personalises the narrative. Contemporary comments and reviews, translated here for the first time, give the reader an insight into the critical and public reaction. An extensive Appendix records the dates and venues of all Bülow's public appearances, both as pianist and conductor.

    • Includes an extensive appendix which chronicles von Bülow's career by listing all his public appearances, both as pianist and conductor - this provides a unique and valuable summary of public taste, reception and changing trends over almost half a century
    • Contains many quotations from Bülow's own letters which give a fascinating 'inside' view of events
    • The book avoids technical jargon, is written in a 'user-friendly' way and chapters are clearly organised in chronological order for ease of use
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    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107005860
    • length: 736 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.28kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Overture: Dresden, Leipzig, Stuttgart (1830–1848)
    2. The student years: Leipzig, Berlin (1848–1850)
    3. Decision time: Weimar-Zürich (1850–1851)
    4. Weimar apprenticeship (1851–1853)
    5. The young virtuoso: Austro-Hungary (1853–1854)
    6. Polish interlude (1854–1855)
    7. The pedagogue: Berlin I (1855–1857)
    8. 'Gallant hotspur': Berlin II (1857–1859)
    9. Rebel maturity: Berlin III (1859–1864)
    10. The Wagner years: Munich (1864–1869)
    11. A new start: Florence (1869–1873)
    12. Triumph and betrayal - on tour: England and Russia (1873–1875)
    13. Transatlantic adventure (1875–1876)
    14. Convalescent interlude (June 1876–September 1877)
    15. Bülow redux: Hanover, Glasgow (1877–1878)
    16. Kapellmeister in Hanover (1877–1879)
    17. Intendant in Meiningen (1880–1885)
    18. The Philharmonic years I (1886–1889) Hamburg/Bremen/Berlin
    19. The Philharmonic years II (1889–1890) America again/domestic crisis
    20. The Philharmonic years III (1890–1892) Hamburg/Berlin
    21. The Philharmonic years IV (1892–1894): Finale
    Afterword: Bülow and Bayreuth
    Appendix: Bülow performance chronology
    Select bibliography.

  • Author

    Kenneth Birkin
    Kenneth Birkin is an internationally recognised Richard Strauss scholar, and is the author of Friedenberg and Daphne (1989), Arabella (1989) and British Music: Elgar and After (1997), and the editor of Stefan Zweig – Joseph Gregor Correspondence 1921–1938 (1991). His work has appeared in many journals including Music and Letters, Opera Magazine, The Musical Times and Tempo. He has written and presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 and is the librettist of British composer John Joubert's three-act opera Jane Eyre.

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