Schumann by Eric Frederick Jensen

By Eric Frederick Jensen

Книга Schumann SchumannКниги Музыка Автор: Eric Frederick Jensen Год издания: 2001 Формат: pdf Издат.:Oxford college Press Страниц: 408 Размер: 17,2 ISBN: 0195135660 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Robert Schumann, probably the most loved composers of the Romantic move, embodied the eagerness and innovative spirit of his age. identified for his musical and literary genius and his mythical romance along with his spouse Clara, Schumann was once additionally plagued with debilitative bouts of melancholy that ledhim to reside his final days in a German psychological asylum. this significant new biography recreates the dynamics of this guy and his song with remarkable variety, delivering new perception into his ultimate years and his lasting musical achievements.Drawing on Schumann's lately released journals, letters, and new study, writer Eric Jensen renders a balanced portrait of the composer with either scholarly authority and fascinating readability. Biographical chapters trade with observation on Schumann's piano, choral, symphonic, and operaticworks, demonstrating how the situations of his lifestyles assisted in shaping the song he wrote at numerous classes. Chronicling the forbidden romance of Robert and Clara, Jensen bargains a nuanced examine the evolution in their courting. He additionally follows Schuman's inventive musical feedback, whichchampioned the burgeoning careers of Chopin, Liszt, and Brahms and challenged the musical tastes of nineteenth-century Europe. most significantly, he provides new facts that Schumann--locked away within the asylum at Endenich--had back sufficiently to healthiness to justify his elimination from confinementa 12 months sooner than his loss of life. just like the options of his ultimate compositions from 1845-1854, his sanity used to be neglected and misunderstood by means of his contemporaries. Jensen corrects the old list, illuminating the tragedy of Schumann's ultimate days and refuting the typical dismissal of his ultimate worksas the results of an risky mind.A major addition to tune literature, Schumann is the 1st authoritative biography of the composer written for common readers in addition to track scholars and historians.

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39 40 • S C H U M A N N Yet Schumann's passion for writing and his enthusiasm for literature set him distinctly apart. Until he was twenty, he was considering writing as a career. His diary and letters confirm his intentions and reveal a deliberately cultivated literary style. What makes Schumann's literary interests particularly intriguing is the close association in his mind of word with music. " Although a juvenile effort with little original thought, it indicates where his sympathies lay. In his diary for 1828, he wrote: "Tones are words, but on a higher level.

Letter to his mother of 25 May 1829 inJS, p. 150. 26 • S C H U M A N N In addition to the scenic splendor, Schumann took delight in several of his fellow travelers. He was much taken with a jovial major who claimed to have been an adjutant for one of Napoleon's most colorful marshals, Joachim Murat. More significant was Schumann's association with Wilhelm Haring, whom he met on the way to Frankfurt. Haring wrote under the pseudonym Willibald Alexis, and was a well-known author of both fiction and poetry.

40 Wieck replied quickly, eager to set her mind at ease. In his usual manner, he wrote bluntly, and with more than a touch of arrogance: Let your son leave Heidelberg—his imagination becomes heated there— and return to cold, flat Leipzig. I pledge within three years, by means of his talent and imagination, to make your son Robert into one of the greatest pianists now living—with more warmth and spirit than Moscheles, and more nobility than Hummel. Proof of this I present to you with my eleven-year-old daughter.

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