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The Cambridge Companion to Schubert

The Cambridge Companion to Schubert


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Christopher H. Gibbs, Leon Botstein, David Gramit, Charles Rosen, Susan Youens, Kristina Muxfeldt, Margaret Notley, William Kinderman, Martin Chusid, L. Michael Griffel, Glenn Stanley, Thomas A. Denny, John Reed, Xavier Hascher, David Montgomery
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  • Date Published: April 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521484244

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  • This Companion to Schubert examines the career, music, and reception of one of the most popular yet misunderstood and elusive composers. Sixteen chapters by leading Schubert scholars make up three parts. The first seeks to situate the social, cultural, and musical climate in which Schubert lived and worked, the second surveys the scope of his musical achievement, and the third charts the course of his reception from the perceptions of his contemporaries to the assessments of posterity. Myths and legends about Schubert the man are explored critically and the full range of his musical accomplishment is examined.

    • 1997 is the bicentenary of Schubert's birth
    • This book provides a comprehensive reference book on Schubert and his music. There are few modern biographies or studies available
    • The contributors constitute a star cast, including Charles Rosen, well known for his books on the 'Classical Style' and 'Sonata form'
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    '… it was a pleasure to encounter The Cambridge Companion to Schubert which featured analytical essays on each facet of the composer and his music … It is books like this one that allow readers of today to know Schubert better than those of his own era.' Scenaria

    'Like its siblings in this admirable and authoritative series, this book ranges far and wide … this is a book from which no serious Schubertian can fail to derive some benefit.' Piano

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521484244
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 tables 47 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on the contributors
    Note to the reader
    Introduction: the elusive Schubert Christopher H. Gibbs
    Part I. Contexts: Musical, Political, and Cultural:
    1. Realism transformed: Franz Schubert and Vienna Leon Botstein
    2. 'Poor Schubert': images and legends of the composer Christopher H. Gibbs
    3. 'The passion for friendship': music, cultivation, and identity in Schubert's circle David Gramit
    4. Schubert's inflections of Classical forms Charles Rosen
    5. Schubert and his poets: issues and conundrums Susan Youens
    Part II. Schubert's Music: Style and Genre:
    6. Schubert's songs: the transformation of a genre Kristina Muxfeldt
    7. Schubert's social music: the 'forgotten genres' Margaret Notley
    8. Schubert's piano music: probing the human condition William Kinderman
    9. Schubert's chamber music: before and after Beethoven Martin Chusid
    10. Schubert's orchestral music: 'strivings after the highest in art' L. Michael Griffel
    11. Schubert's religious and choral music: toward a statement of faith Glenn Stanley
    12. Schubert's operas: 'the judgement of history?' Thomas A. Denny
    Part III. Reception:
    13. German reception: Schubert's 'journey to immortality' Christopher H. Gibbs
    14. Schubert's reception history in nineteenth-century England John Reed
    15. Schubert's reception in France: a chronology (1828–1928) Xavier Hascher
    16. Franz Schubert's music in performance: a brief history of people, events, and issues David Montgomery

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    Christopher H. Gibbs, State University of New York, Buffalo


    Christopher H. Gibbs, Leon Botstein, David Gramit, Charles Rosen, Susan Youens, Kristina Muxfeldt, Margaret Notley, William Kinderman, Martin Chusid, L. Michael Griffel, Glenn Stanley, Thomas A. Denny, John Reed, Xavier Hascher, David Montgomery

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