Synopses & Reviews
A number of myths and legends about composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828) still persist. This volume brings together a wide assortment of writings about Schubert by various critics, students, and researchers. The result is a thorough examination of the composer's life and music.
'\"...this English-language companion is one of the best research summaries on Schubert and his music, for it takes into account numerous new studies and foreign publications that are still in accessible to many readers.\" Alice M. Hanson, Opera Quarterly\"...this is a companion that must be accepted....\" Greg Vitercik, Notes'
'... 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
Examines the career, music and reception of one of the most misunderstood and elusive composers.
This Companion to Schubert examines the career, music, and reception of one of the most misunderstood and elusive composers. Leading Schubert scholars investigate the cultural climate in which he worked, the scope of his achievement and chart the course of his reception from the perception of his contemporaries to the assessments of posterity.
This volume explores the culture in which the composer Franz Schubert (1797SH1828) lived and worked, and provides a basic outline of his life examined in relation to the most persistent myths and legends. Schubert's music is then explored according to genre, a chapter on his songs, another on his symphonies, and so forth. The final section looks at the reception of Schubert's music, primarily during the nineteenth century, and considers the performance tradition of his music.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 284-328) and indexes.
Table of Contents
Notes on the contributors; Chronology; Note to the reader; Acknowledgments; 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; Notes; Index.