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Robert Schumann : herald of a "new poetic age"

Author: John Daverio
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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In Robert Schumann: Herald of a "New Poetic Age," John Daverio presents the first comprehensive study of the composer's life and works to appear in nearly a century. Long regarded as a quintessentially romantic figure, Schumann also has been portrayed as a profoundly tragic one: a composer who began his career as a genius and ended it as a mere talent. Daverio takes issue with this Schumann myth, arguing instead  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Robert Schumann; Robert Schumann; Robert Schumann; Robert Schumann
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Daverio
ISBN: 0195091809 9780195091809
OCLC Number: 34753472
Description: xi, 607 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Schumann today --
The biographical challenge --
Questions & provisional answers --
Toward a portrait of Schumann the composer --
1. The formation of a musico-literary sensibility --
A youth by no means lacking in talent --
Revelling in Schubert & Jean Paul --
2. Music as literature --
The budding virtuoso --
Schuman at twenty-one --
The Papillons idea --
Composing under the spell of Paganini, Bach, & Beethoven --
3. Music criticism in a new key --
A barrier against convention --
History, poetry & music criticism --
4. Musical love letters in the higher & smaller forms --
Reflections of a turbulent life --
1835: a year of important consequences --
Sad times --
Robert & Clara: united forever --
Schumann in Vienna --
5. Fierce battles & blissful songs --
"What should be united, Will be united" --
Together at last --
The year of song: "Embarking on completely new paths" --
The year of song & the "System" of Genres --
6. The Symphonic Year: 1841 --
Settling into marriage, & symphonic composition --
The symphonic challenge --
Two symphonies, a "Symphonette" & a Phantasie --
7. The chamber music year: 1842 --
The poetry & porse of artist-marriages --
Tradition, innovation, & social character --
Toward a poetic chamber music --
8. The Oratorio year: 1843 --
"Absorbed in Peri thoughts" --
Das Paradies und die Peri: An overview --
9. Schumann's new way --
Off to the world's wonder-cities: the Russian tour of 1844 --
Crisis --
"A completely new manner of composing" --
"Fugenpassion" --
"Symphoniaca" --
"Trio thoughts" --
10. The musical dramatist --
Toward a literary opera --
Genoveve: from Trauerspief to Hagiographic Drama --
Manfred & the modern drama --
Faust as musical novel --
11. Unbounded creativity --
The most fruitful year --
Schumann & the Biedermeier sensibility --
Concertante experiments --
Storms within & without --
The formative power --
12. The final phase --
Municipal music director in Dus̈seldorf --
The late styles --
"Do you remember when...?" --
A place to recall Schumann & his music --
Translation of Jean Paul, Flegeljahre, Chapter 63: "Titanium, Black Tourmaline masked, Ball".
Responsibility: John Daverio.
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