This Companion is an accessible introduction to Schumann: his time, his temperament, his style and his oeuvre. An international team of scholars explores the cultural context, musical and poetic fabric, sources of inspiration and interpretative reach of key works from the Schumann repertoire ranging from his famous lieder and piano pieces to chamber, orchestral and dramatic works. Additional chapters address Schumann's presence in nineteenth- and twentieth-century composition and the fascinating reception history of his late works. Tables, illustrations, a detailed chronology and advice on further reading make it an ideally informative handbook for both the Schumann connoisseur and the music lover. An excellent textbook for the university student of courses on key composers of nineteenth-century Western Classical music, it is an invaluable guide for all who are interested in the thought, aesthetics and affective power of one of the most intriguing figures of a culturally rich and formative period.
Author: Beate Perrey Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 06/28/2007 Pages: 326 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 1.75lbs Size: 9.80h x 6.90w x 1.00d ISBN: 9780521783415
Review Citation(s): Choice 02/01/2008 pg. 1167
About the Author Perrey, Beate: - Beate Perrey is currently Senior Lecturer in Critical Musicology and Analysis at the University of Liverpool, and was previously Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and Research Fellow at Trinity and Christ's College, Cambridge. Together with Gillian Beer and Malcolm Bowie, she co-directs the long-term research project New Languages for Criticism: Cross-currents and Resistances at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Schumann's 'Dichterliebe' and Early Romantic Poetics: Fragmentation of Desire (Cambridge, 2002), and writes about nineteenth and twentieth century music and its interfaces with different forms of cultural expression, and the verbal and visual arts.