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Franz Schubert : a biography

Author: Elizabeth Norman McKay
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was born in Vienna of immigrant parents. During his short life he produced an astonishing amount of music. Symphonies, chamber music, opera, church music, and songs (more than 600 of them) poured forth in profusion. His 'Trout' Quintet, his 'Unfinished' Symphony, the three last piano sonatas, and above all his song cycles Die Schone Mullerin and Winterreise have come to be universally
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Genre/Form: Biography
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McKay, Elizabeth Norman.
Franz Schubert.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)639577711
Named Person: Franz Schubert; Franz Schubert; Franz Schubert; Franz Schubert; Franz Schubert
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Norman McKay
ISBN: 0198165234 9780198165231
OCLC Number: 33967749
Description: xiv, 362 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Son of immigrants (1797-1808) --
2. Schooldays (1808-1813) --
3. Student and schoolteacher (1814-1816) --
4. Opportunities (1817-1819) --
5. La Dolce Vita (1820-1822) --
6. Two natures --
7. Fight against illness (1823-1824) --
8. An expanding world (1825-1826, Part I) --
9. Friends, publishers, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (1825-1826, Part II) --
10. Gloom and creativity (1827) --
11. Success and sickness (1828) --
12. The final illness --
13. Burial and memorials.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Norman McKay.

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A biography of the composer, Schubert, which looks at his family background, his schooling, his hedonistic approach to life, his decline in health due to syphilis and the circumstances of his death  Read more...

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"McKay...far exceeds her modest objective to enhance the reader's pleasure in and understanding of, Schubert's music.'...Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries."--Library Read more...

 
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