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Schumann's Music and E. T. A. Hoffmann's Fiction

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  • Date Published: July 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316560433

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About the Authors
  • Four of Schumann's great masterpieces of the 1830s - Carnaval, Fantasiestücke, Kreisleriana and Nachtstücke - are connected to the fiction of E. T. A. Hoffmann. In this book, John MacAuslan traces Schumann's stylistic shifts during this period to offer insights into the expressive musical patterns that give shape, energy and individuality to each work. MacAuslan also relates the works to Schumann's reception of Bach, Beethoven, Novalis and Jean Paul, and focuses on primary sources in his wide-ranging discussion of the broader intellectual and aesthetic contexts. Uncovering lines of influence from Schumann's reading to his writings, and reflecting on how the aesthetic concepts involved might be used today, this book transforms the way Schumann's music and its literary connections can be understood and will be essential reading for musicologists, performers and listeners with an interest in Schumann, early nineteenth-century music and German Romantic culture.

    • Sheds new light on the development of Schumann's great piano masterpieces and the evolution of his critical and aesthetic thinking
    • Offers fresh insights into the books Schumann loved and their relationship to his life and music
    • Combines careful attention to the relationship between music and literature with a discussion of aesthetic concepts
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    '… analyses like these enrich us immensely by providing some understanding not only of the music itself but its literary influences and the cultural context in which it came into being and the multiple interlinkages between them; and so can still change the way we listen and indeed how we read the work of the Romantics. The Romantic imagination, in all its expansive, creatively contradictory glory, has found another champion in MacAuslan.' Jayati Ghosh, Frontline

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316560433
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 80 music examples
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Chrysalis, 1827–34: Schumann's emergence as a literary composer
    2. Notions of resonance and expression
    3. A musical carnival, 1834–7: Carnaval, op. 9
    4. Form, content and conception
    5. Dream images, 1837: Fantasiestücke, op. 12
    6. 'In possession of the secret', 1836–8: Schumann's stylistic evolution
    7. New worlds, 1838: Kreisleriana, op. 16
    8. Associations and expressiveness in Schumann's 'Hoffmann works'
    9. Anti-matter, 1839–40: Nachtstücke, op. 23
    10. 'The closed book': interpreting aesthetic entities
    Appendices: Appendix 1. Concordance of Novalis excerpts
    Appendix 2. Novalis and the Schumann of 1828
    Appendix 3. Extracts from selected German original texts.

  • Author

    John MacAuslan
    John MacAuslan is an independent scholar who holds a Ph.D. in music. He worked for many years in Her Majesty's Treasury, the National Gallery and as a Civil Service Commissioner, as well as working for the NGO War Child.

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