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Schumann : a listener's guide / Victor Lederer.

Author/creator Lederer, Victor author.
Format Audio (CD), Book, Print, and Musical Sound Recording
Publication InfoMilwaukee, WI : Amadeus Press, an imprint of Hal Leonard LLC, ©2017.
Description148 pages ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in).
Series Unlocking the masters series ; no. 29
Unlocking the masters series ; no. 29. ^A590063
Contents Understanding Schumann -- Schumann's life -- The works for piano -- The concertos and other works for solo instruments and orchestra -- The chamber music -- The four symphonies, a stray symphonic work, three concert overtures -- The dramatic works -- The songs -- Listening to Schumann.
Abstract Over the course of some three dozen volumes, Amadeus Press' highly acclaimed Unlocking the Masters series has drawn readers into the worlds of the greatest composers and their music. Curated pairings of critically minded introductory texts and companion CDs loaded with tracks selected from the world's foremost libraries of recorded classics, the series truly brings the sounds and stories of its legendary subjects to life. Its latest entry is an essential portal to the musical works of and tempestuous life of Schumann. Many, if not most, major composers improve over the course of their careers. For Schumann, however, the opposite was true: plagued throughout his life by physical and mental illnesses, he helplessly and consciously endured the gradual diminution of his prodigious talent until his premature death at age 46. Throughout this book, the author provides unflinching critiques of the weaknesses that plagued Schumann's style, contrasting them with the brilliance of his earliest triumphs. This eminently accessible account explores the full spectrum of the master composer's oeuvre, from his popular early music and lieder to his works for chamber ensembles composed in 1842 to his four beloved, if flawed, symphonies. It also accounts for Schumann's dramatic works, particularly Genoveva, his only opera, and Incidental Music to Byron's "Manfred" a bewilderingly unappreciated musical score. As with all volumes in the UTM series, this listener's guide is accompanied by a CD containing two of the master's most daring imaginative flights, both explored in detail in the text: the Davidsbündlertänze for piano and Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love), one of the all-time greatest song cycles and works for voice. Geared toward fledglings, but written with an eye turned to aficionados, the book is a must-have for Schumann buffs and classical music fans young and old.
General noteIncludes CD track listing: pages 147-148.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 145-146).
LCCN 2016046213
ISBN9781574674880 (paperback)
ISBN1574674889 (paperback)
UPC 888680606978
Publisher numberHL00156558 Amadeus Press

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